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About the project

Reclimbing The Classics

A unique project: Mammut presents six ‘rock classics’ – milestones in the history of sports climbing. And the people who climbed them for the first time, revisiting their own routes accompanied by top climbers from the Mammut Pro Team.

Young meets old. Two generations – divided by years, united by a common language: a shared passion for climbing.

Because climbing is not just a competitive sport, it’s a whole attitude to life!

A trip into climbing history – traveling back to the 1980s and the creation of the ‘X’ difficulty grade.

Two climbing generations

Athletes

1986

DezemberAndrea Gallo

2013

DezemberJakob Schubert

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  • Andrea Gallo

    The climber who spread Finale Ligure's reputation as a top climbing spot beyond Italian borders

    Jakob Schubert

    Lead World Champion, Overall World Cup Winner and exemplary athlete, or in other words: ambition personified

  • Wolfgang Güllich

    The visionary of modern sports climbing, who viewed the brain as the most important muscle in climbing.

    Jan Hojer

    A training machine and bouldering legend combined - no crag is safe from him

  • Antoine Le Menestrel

    The dancer on the rocks who developed the esthetics of climbing into abstract perfection

    Anna Stöhr

    With a charming smile, she leaves the competition standing - nobody climbs better

  • Jerry Moffatt

    »The young hot shot« who powered his way up the most difficult routes in the world in 1983 and 1984

    Barbara Bacher

    Always in search of fun and the toughest of challenges

  • Tony Yaniro

    »The hang dogger«, who flouted all the traditional rules of Californian free climbing

    Mirko Caballero

    Small, young, bold and powerful - here comes the next climbing generation

  • Ben Moon

    The Englishman who showed the French how it was done back in 1989 and opened the world's first 8c+ in 1990

    Sean McColl

    The Canadian all-round powerhouse, whether on rocks or in the climbing competition arena

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Climbing in the 1980s – the decade of the X grade

The Golden Age of Rock Climbing

1981 – the legendary climbing meeting in Konstein was the catalyst for the start of sports climbing in Central Europe. Some of the top climbers from California, France, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany met up to climb together and exchange ideas. Those were the years when the scene was defined by the Yosemite Valley in California and the American model – images of the fantastic “Separate Reality” roof crack made their way around the world and into the dreams of the top climbers from the “Old World”. White pants, long hair and headbands were mandatory, and Camp IV in Yosemite became the center of the climbing world.

In this age of free thinking, climbing rules too were simply there to be continually reinvented. The first person to do this was the American climber Tony Yaniro. By bouldering out the most difficult sections, in 1979 he managed – despite the tag of “devilish hang dogger” from the Yosemite Valley traditionalists – to conquer the world’s first route graded as lower X (5.13c): “Grand Illusion”. In 1983, the “young hot shot” Jerry Moffatt arrived and gave Frankenjura “The Face” (8a+). What followed after that is climbing history, now brought back to life in the MAMMUT project “Two generations – united by shared passion”…

Discuss them for a chance to win some great prizes

What are your classics?

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