Katherine Schirrmacher contemplating her first E7 [Hot Aches Images]
E7 is very much the top grade for European females. In fact only America's Lisa Rands has climbed harder, and Katherine was understandably nervous on the day.
Balance It Is takes the arete to the left of Equilibrium. The crux is high on the route and involves a technical traverse out the the arete and then precarious moves and a difficult RP placement.
Practicing the top arete [Hot Aches Images]
An other angle of the top arete [Hot Aches Images]
The weather was fantastic, but the tension grew through the day as Katherine took two falls from high up. Later she managed to dig deep and climbed it flawlessly. A superb effort and a well deserved ascent.
Katherine, after the first fall [Hot Aches Images]
So the new movie Committed is coming together really well. This ascent is certainly one of the highlights to look out for. But we're not finished yet. Plenty more ascents lined up to film around the country.
Note, photos of the ascent are available through Alex Messenger. We'll publish a couple of video stills here once Diff sorts out his new 2 terrabite hard drive that has just arrived.
2 new training articles by Katherine have just been published on the Moon website