American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Europe, Austria, Dachl

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1932

Dachl: One of the most difficult climbs and one of the most talked of rescues, of the past summer took place on the north face of the Dachl in the Gesäuse. Long known to Vienese as a rock-climbing goal, the direct route to the summit up the north face had been tried several times. It was finally accomplished last summer with the aid of a large amount of hardware in the shape of pitons and karabiner, in four days of continuous climbing. Many pitons were already in the rock, left by other defeated climbers (the last party to attempt the wall, in 1930, had to be rescued), so that a material saving was effected in the weight to be carried by the successful party. This climb was barely over, June 28th-July 1st, when another party attempting to emulate their feat, got into difficulties and had to be succored. A rescue party was obtained from Vienna, and, in all, eleven men spent several days and used two thousand feet of rope and innumerable pitons and karabiner in saving them.

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