Bullock and Emmett – Hard Ice

by Ray Wood – DMM Nick Bullock Ray Wood reports on the DMM website: Combining Nick Bullock´s drive and determination with the energy of theperpetually hyper-driven Tim Emmett was always likely to result insomething impressive. Teaming up in Chamonix just before New Year, theyrepeated the legendary Thierry Renault ice-route, La Lyre, in a longday. The 550 metre mighty VI WI 7 in the Cirque Fer a Cheval above Sixtwas first climbed in 1992 by Renault, Denis Condevaux and WilfredColonna. At the time it was considered by many to be the hardest ice-route in the world. Bullock commented: “I´m not surprised Thierry gave up climbingand found religion at the end of that winter! There is no technical icegrade harder than seven.” Full report with photo on the DMM website. For more background on The Lyre and the history of Cirque Fer a Cheval have a look at Lindsay Griffin´s write-up over at thebmc.co.uk.