Roland Hemetzberger Frees 22-Year-Old Project, Outro (5.15a)After bagging the first repeat of Fugu (5.14d), the first ascent of Delirium (5.14b), big walls in Madagascar and splitter cracks in Indian Creek, Roland Hemetzberger ended his “perfect year” with the first ascent of Outro (5.15a)—his hardest send and first 5.15.
After bagging the first repeat of Fugu (5.14d), the first ascent of Delirium (5.14b), big walls in Madagascar and splitter cracks in Indian Creek, Roland Hemetzberger ended his “perfect year” with the first ascent of Outro (5.15a)—his hardest send and first 5.15.
The 25-year-old German climber started out the year by sending five 5.14c’s, three in Spain and two in Austria. “Afterwards it was very unexpected that I managed the first repeat of Adam Ondra’s Fugu,” he told Rock and Ice. The route, at the famous Schleierwasserfall in Tirol, was an old Alex Huber project before Ondra’s ascent.
With Fugu, “I found something exact in my vision,” Hemetzberger told Rock and Ice in a previous interview, “steep but not a roof, endurance but with hard boulder problems and super beautiful rock.” Hemetzberger repeated the climb after six days of effort.
Watch Roland Hemetzberger climb Delirium (5.14b):
Afterwards, Hemetzberger did some big wall climbing in Madagascar and crack climbing in Indian Creek, Utah—his first climbing trips overseas, he said—before returning to Siurana, Spain for “Project Siurana,” Black Diamond’s stewardship project.
In Siurana, he climbed Gabriele Moroni’s La Carriola (8c+/5.14c), the direct start of Lola Corwin (~8c/5.14b).
Hemetzberger then set his sights on an old Stefan Fürst project in Achleiten, Austria. Fürst, a relatively unknown yet legendary first ascentionist, first attempted the line in the mid-90s. The project remained unclimbed for nearly 22 years.
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