WoGü 8c:9a+? MP by Cedric Lachat

Friday, 3 July

Cedric Lachat has done the fourth ascent of WoGü in Rätikon which Adam Ondra made the FA of in 2009. Beat Kammerlander bolted it in 1997 and the name is a tribute to Wolfgang Güllich. It is 350 meters long over nine pitches and it is said to have two 8c' and two 8b+'. Interestingly, Cedric thinks it is his most difficult route ever although having done seven 9a+ as well as many of the hardest MP's in the world including Orbayu 8c. Edu Marin did the first repeat, suggesting an upgrade to 8c+ of one of the 8c', and Roland Hemetzberger did the third ascent. (c) Marc Daviet

Normally, multi-pitches are graded by the hardest pitch instead of giving the whole climb an overall difficulty. Chatting with Cedric he says that, "It's easier to do a 9a or even a 9a+ in a day! Wogü requires a lot of experience."

What he refers to is that if he falls on one of the hardest pitches, he looses so much energy and time so he can not finish the remaining pitches during one day. Cedric projected it for three weeks and it is part of the coming film, Swiss way to heaven. He had a big crew following and he was belayed by Nina Caprez. Noteworthy is that Cedric was one of the best lead competition climbers in the world in between 2001 to 2013. He has won one European Championship as well as two World Cups. The best result in a World Championship is #3. In other words, the 35-year-old should be considered as one of the best climbers in the world during the last 20 years.

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