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How do 13 gradients up to 5.14d sound? Oh, and it’s the tallest man-made multipitch route in the world.
At the end of last year, the Slovenian world-class climbers Janja Garnbret and Domen Škofic ventured into the biggest climbing project of her life: trying the longest artificial multi-pitch route in the world.
Garnbret and Škofic have decided to have their sights set on the highest chimney in Europe (360 m high): the Trbovlje power station, a rising concrete dagger of a building over 300 meters high. That’s taller than the Eiffel Tower and the Chrysler building.
And just like these towering landmarks, the chimney they climb on is not a rock, but man-made materials made of metal and concrete. In total, Garnbret and Škofic had to climb 13 pitches from 7b to 8c. On the second attempt, the duo managed to conquer the 13 places – without falling – in 7 hours and 32 minutes.
The route was designed by IFSC route setters Katja Vidmar and Simon Margon. Watch the exclusive film below::
Here’s what the climbers had to say about the route.
“I was afraid of falling, which can be very uncomfortable with a vertical wall compared to an overhanging wall,” said Garnbret. “So I had to fall a few times before I finally calmed down and could dispel the fear. ”
“The chimney is completely different from anything I’ve climbed before,” said Škofic. “It’s a gigantic man-made object that I found mystical. I was very scared, but I quickly made friends with the chimney. “
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Mary is based in GearJunkie’s Denver, CO office. She has degrees in English and Journalism and has been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests range from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack paddleboarding. If she’s not writing, you can most likely find her on top of a fourteenth or at a local bakery.