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Second step: Theo Fritche reported the 50 meter (160 ft) section was very strenuous, and rated it (5.6-5.7). Oscar Cadiach said it took him one hour to climb. Odell said he saw M&I overcome the section in five minutes. (Photo courtesy Franck Pitula)


Fritsche wrote to Hemmleb that he scouted out the pitch from below, where it appeared to him that the prominent offwidth crack to the left of the Chinese ladder might be climbable by laybacking (photo courtesy Franck Pitula).
Here Fritsche bridged out left and was then able to mantle over the block, reporting that it was very strenuous, but nevertheless rating it in the 4+ to 5- range (5.6-5.7) (photo courtesy Alex Abramov and the 7 Summits Club).

ExWeb Special: Ankers Everest team free-climbing the Second Step in the footprints of Mallory...Oscar Cadiach and Theo Fritsche

Posted: Jun 07, 2007 06:41 am EDT

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(MountEverest.net) Conrad Ankers Altitude Everest team, currently the only remaining expedition on the mountain, is preparing to launch a summit push on June 8. Filming a documentary on Mallory and Irvines ascent, the climbers arrived in BC late in the season, since they needed an empty mountain in order to recreate the 1924 ascent in every detail. Characterized as George Mallory, Anker will climb in early 20th century clothes and gear, while British Leo Houlding will play the young Sandy Irvine. In addition to solitude and...

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