Jacopo Larcher wiederholt INTO THE SUN

Am Mittwoch, den 24. November 2021, gelang dem italienischen Kletterer Jacopo Larcher die erste Wiederholung der Route “Into The Sun” von Bernd Zangerl. Die Route wurde von Bernd im Jahr 2017 im Murgtal in der Schweiz eingerichtet.

Hier der Originalbericht von Jacopo

“After our expedition to Pakistan I felt the need to focus again just on single pitches and boulders, at least for some months. No running, no long days in the mountains: just rock and (for me) hard moves!
Lately I’ve been particularly interested in exploring the different aspects of trad climbing. Within this same discipline there is a wide variety of styles, often completely opposite, which makes it so interesting to me.
I remember reading the article about Bernd’s first ascent of the “Into the sun” and being very curious about it. It seemed to be something different from all the other trad climbs I’d tried or seen, which motivated me even more to go and have a look at it. I like, and I think it’s important, to check out other’s first ascents; it’s inspiring and refreshing to see other’s visions, maybe get out of our comfort zone and open our mind to different possibilities. Everyone sees something different while standing in front of a piece of rock and finds different solutions/approaches to climb it. This variety of visions and this exchange is what makes our sport and ourselves growing!
This fall I finally decided to go Murtgal and check Bernd’s route out. It was my first time there and I honestly fell in love with that quiet and beautiful valley! The sharp rock isn’t the best you would wish for, but the nature and the quietness make that place so special.

@Andrea Cossu

“Into the sun” is located on a big boulder, which hosts several problems, and it traverses the entire block from the right to the left. The route is basically a top out of Bernd’s existing highball called “V.I.P. (Very Important Papagei)”, which ends on a jug next to a bolted belay. This is by far the hardest part of the entire climb; after skipping the bolts, you traverse left on an obvious big crack and top out on the other side of the boulder with a slightly harder mantle. This very last section has been climbed as a highball stating from a different problem. The climbing is easy, but the rock is often wet and doesn’t seem always solid, that’s why I think it makes even more sense to climb it on gear instead of doing it as a highball. As a trad climber, that’s exactly how I would do it.
After the first session I had a good feeling, as I could climb the long boulder problem in two sections, but the last few moves (of the boulder problem) turned out to be a real struggle for me and I had to invest several more sessions and a lot of energies to eventually climb it.

@Andrea Cossu

The biggest struggle, apart from the hard climbing, were the conditions. Due to the fog, the starting holds/footholds where mostly damp, so you had to try to climb the rest of the boulder with wet climbing shoes/hands. The packed period of route setting didn’t help to take advantage of the sporadic good days but gave me an extra motivation boost for making the best out of every session! After falling off the very last move many times, he last day before the big snow storm (aka possible end of the season for ITS) I managed to climb it first go with prime freezing conditions: it was such a good feeling! I honestly was happy with the decision to climb the last section as trad climb, as my fingers got completely numb in the crack and I couldn’t feel anything on the last mantle.
So now the big question, which everyone is asking me, is… What is “Into the sun”? Is it a (green point) trad climb or an highball? How can we describe it? Honestly for me the biggest question is another one… Do we need to give a name to everything and fit in into a box? I personally don’t think so!
For me “Into the sun” is Bernd’s vision of how to climb a nice piece of rock. It was the way how he challenged himself and got back to climbing after an injury, which according to the doctors wouldn’t allow him to climb anymore. He managed to overcome this huge challenge and set a new one for the other climbers. I take it on, found it really hard and I really enjoyed the process. That’s what I believe climbing should be. Someone else would have bolted, someone else would have chipped it, someone else would have free solo it and probably the most part would have never imagined to climb it…
I think he did it in the best style and I personally would have done it the same way if this would have been my FA. The only thing I would have done different is the start, for me it would have make more sense to stat from the stand start of the boulder, instead of adding the first few hard moves… but once again, that’s exactly the cool thing about climbing, everyone sees something different. Thanks again for the experience Bernd and props for the FA.
… and of course big thanks to Babsi, Mauro, Andrea and Michi for the support. It wouldn’t have been possible without you!”

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