A Three-Day Ice Climb On Mt. Agner in the Dolomites

A cold season in central Europe has inspired a number of remarkable ice climbs in the Dolomites, but this one is special: Simon Gietl, Michi Wohlleben, and Lukas Hinterberger completed the second ascent of the impressive Ultima Perla on the north face of Mt. Agner.

Moreover, they managed to climb the entire face on ice from the ground. The entire adventure took them three days with its correspondent bivouacs on the face, between December 27-29.

The team reached the frozen waterfall by first climbing the Messner-Holzer route for 800m. They rappeled down to the bottom of the frozen waterfall, which does not quite reach the ground at the base of the wall, then climbed the entire route. Nicola Bertoldo and Diego Dellai had made its first ascent just one month earlier.

“The climbers completed all but one of the pitches free,” PlanetMountain reported.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

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