From August 16 - 18, we repeated the masterpiece named "La colonne d'Ercole". This is an awesome multipitch getting up to the summit of Punta Tissi in the Civetta Peaks of the Eastern Dolomites.
This big wall extends along 1200m on the face.
We put two bivys on the wall to take time to climb and it was an awesome strategy as the bivys on r10 and r23 were really comfortable.
We were a team of 3, Antonin Cechini, Aurélien Vaissière and me, Symon Welfringer.
I was grateful that I managed to onsight all the 29 pitches and made the hardest in lead. For the remainder of the climb, I would say that many pitches offered wonderful rock quality but as usual by climbing the traditional way on limestone, some runouts were on pitons. The crux of the 7c is quite mental as you have to do a hard boulder move high above some "doubting" pitons.
(spot the climber)
In a nutshell, this gave us all what we've been seeking for with our trip to the Dolomites. This route required a huge commitment on every pitch that required full focus all the time.
We didn't find some belays due to disappeared pitons and some belays weren't safe enough to haul the bags. This made it all the more spicy getting up to the awesome Civetta.