posted by dpm on 08/26/2013
Enzo Oddo and Antoine Eydoux on The Fish. Photo: Fotovertical.
Enzo Oddo has onsighted Weg durch den Fisch,commonly referred to as The Fish, on the south face of the Marmolada in the Italian Dolomites with his partner, Antoine Eydoux. The historic route is still a challenging climb even by today's high standards with completely natural protection and pitches as hard as 7b+/5.12c. Enzo stated on photographer Francisco Taranto's blog: "Don't underestimate the grades in the topo. The climbing is very sustained and the length of the route is tiring." The 37-pitch, 900-meter route is almost as tall as Yosemite's El Capitan.
The establishment of The Fish was groundbreaking and considered a milestone in climbing history. It was first climbed in 1981 by two 17-year-old Czech climbers, Igor Koller and Indřich Šustr on completely natural protection. The first free ascent fell to Luisa Iovane in 1987 and the first onsight went to Roland Mittersteiner and Hans Peter Eisendle in 1992. In 2007, Hansjörg Auer free-soloed the route after a single rappel inspection in just under three hours.
The south face of the Marmolada. Photo: Summitpost