Record Time on Cima Grande

Nothing but fresh air beneath. Photo: Mammut

Swiss speedster Dani Arnold has free soloed the hulking spire of Cima Grande in the Dolomites. Arnold’s 46 minutes and 30 seconds ranks as by far the fastest time. In 2014, Christoph Hainz put down a marker of 48 minutes, but his route diverged a little short of the summit.

Arnold had previously climbed the 550m Comici-Dimai route three times, but this time he did so with just a vest, climbing pants and a chalk bag. Almost running in places, the Swiss alpinist overtook several other teams on the route. Good going when you consider he spent the summer not speed climbing in Europe but mountaineering on Broad Peak in the Karakorum. The 35-year old now holds speed records on four of the six classic north faces in the Alps.

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.


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