Solitary Souls 8c+ by Angelika Rainer

17 January 2023

Angelika Rainer, 3 time Ice World Champion, reports on Insta that she has done Solitary Souls (8c+) in Arco. Alfredo Webber did the FA of the 35m tall and 20m overhanging route in 2019 and last year Adam Ondra onsighted it (video), commenting, "unique line, unique to climb!". (c) Marco Servalli

Since I stopped competing in the Ice climbing World Cup a few years ago, I decided to mainly focus on rock climbing and try to see where I can push myself in this climbing discipline. Since last year I’m coached by the former World Cup winner Patxi Usubiaga Lacunza. I have always loved to train hard and to follow a training plan and working with Patxi gives me a huge motivation. Usually, I train or climb outdoors 6 days a week and I switch between the two of them based on the weather, current projects and other daily tasks.

I tried Solitary Souls for the first time last March and was able to do all the moves but as the wall is South facing I thought that it was more of a Winter project and so I came back to it in November. In the end, it only took me 10 days of tries which I think are not much when reaching a new grade, so I guess I can say that the style of the route definitely suits me as I have always been more the endurance type of climber. When I look for a project I don’t only look at the grade, but much more important is the beauty of the line and its surrounding. I love to look at the panorama while I shake out and take a deep breath. It helps me get relaxed at that moment and being in a wonderful place makes the process of trying a hard route even more enjoyable. This route is indeed an amazing line and the view above Arco, Riva and lake Garda is unique, so I would say it’s a 5-star rating."

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