Eiger Record Broken by Rising Stars of Alpinism

by Menno Boermans – Alpinist On January 28, 2008 young guns Simon Anthamatten (1983) and Roger Schali (1978) made a speedy ascent of the classic 1938 route on the Eiger´s North face. They needed 6 hours and 50 minutes to climb from bottom to top, a new team (seilschaft) record. “Are we still ahead of Ueli?” Anthamatten joked at the top, referencing Ueli Steck´s 3:54 solo ascent, which currently holds the record for the route and the face. Of recent note Schali climbed the new route Magic Mushroom on the Eiger, and Anthamatten broke the retour record on Europe´s other most famous classic, the Matterhorn´s Hornli Ridge.Anthamatten also won the ice climbing World Cup in Val Daone, Italy the week before. See the full report on the Alpinist Website. ( Source: Alpinist )