The Big Line
On February 20th, 2013 Arc'athletes Matthias Scherer and Tanja Schmitt climbed Kjerrskredkvelven – a massive ice line in Norway – rated WI V/ 6 with an overall height of nearly 900 meters. The line is rarely in condition, with the initial ice pitches seldom coming in. But when the team arrived on location, the whole line became accessible on freshly formed ice, allowing full access to the massive headwall.
Due to the rapid change of weather, with temperatures dropping below -20 degrees, the climb became very challenging, with very delicate ice quality. Protection on the crux pitch became minimal, and the incoming cold slowed down the climbers even further, significantly eroding their efforts.
This film documents that day, setting out at 7am and topping out in full darkness at 8:30pm with very strong winds. It shows not only great climbing action but also the doubt, pain, and commitment that it takes to climb one of the world's longest and most demanding ice falls.