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Author: Fabio Palma, Italy, Ragni Lecco
Greenland climbing expedition success for Ragni di Lecco
Simone Pedeferri, Matteo Della Bordella, Lorenzo "Pala" Lanfranchi and Richard Felderer have just returned from a successful expedition to the relatively unexplored eastern Greenland where there carried out 5 first ascents. Simone Pedeferri talks about the expedition.
Where can you climb for 24 hours non-stop, where there's an infinite number of walls to be explored and where nature still dictates the rythm of life? The answer for those in the know is but one: Greenland. This is exactly where the Ragni di Lecco climbers Simone Pedeferri, Matteo Della Bordella, Lorenzo "Pala" Lanfranchi and the photographer cum mountaineer Richard Felderer have just returned from.
Simone Pedeferri, one of a more famous rock alpinist in Italy, described as "very beautiful, also aesthetically speaking" And if this climber-artist holds this opinion, then it must be true. Also because he immediatly stated that the Tasiilaq fiord, where they established their base camp, is one of the most beautiful and wild he's ever seen. He added that the granite walls in the Fox Jaw Cirque are "fantastic with truly superb rock." He concluded by uttering the words all alpinists dream of "You're so isolated and there are still so many walls to be climbed, it seems as if you're in Patagonia 30 years ago."
Della Bordella and Felderer spent two days making the first ascent of 'Ingirumimusnocte' a beautiful 420m line with difficulties up to 7b+ (6c+ obl). Although they placed 28 bolts including those for the belays, this is a truly psychological outing with long run-outs between one bolt and the next, a classical Wendenstocke style. Della Bordella and Felderer then climbed 'Qui, nell'universo'(480m, VI, trad) dedicated to their friend Marcello Meroni.
"We didn't think we'd be able to climb 'El cavajo dell'angel' without bolts, but in the end we managed, probably thanks to all our combined experience" stated Pedeferri. Talking about experience, Pedeferri then complimented the other climbers and in particular Matteo Della Bordella who, despite being on his first expedition (or perhaps because of this) proved completely unstoppable. "Matteo has attributes which I've rarely seen in other climbers: he really is talented and is incredibly at ease when on-sighting on a big rock face... He has a pure an insatiable passion for climbing." And then... and then the climber-artist concluded "Yes, I'm really happy. In Greenland I really felt free to climb!" And as everyone knows, there is nothing better (or almost nothing better) for a climber than this!
THE FIRST ASCENTS
Lanfranchi, Pedeferri, Della Bordella, Felderer
680 mt. diff: VIII
15 pitchs, one bolt in the route, some belays with in-situ gear
26 hour push from base camp and return
Della Bordella, Felderer in two days (20 + 18 hours circa)
420 mt, diff: 7b+ (6c+ obbl)
28 bolts in total
El cavajo dell'angel
420 mt. diff: 7b+ (trad)
Aperta a vista in 16 ore
Il Gemello Diverso
630 mt. diff: 7b (trad)
On-sight, 20 hours
No in-situ gear
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