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Sasha DiGiulian seeks to be the first women to climb paciencia

The Eiger is one of the most famous mountains in the World. Located in Grindelwald, Switzerland the Eiger stands at 13,020 feet high, but is most famous for its North Face and the extreme difficulty of scaling the steep 5,900 foot wall - the largest north face in the Alps.

In 2008, Ueli Steck and Stephan Siegrist did the first ‘Free” ascent of Paciencia on the North Face of the Eiger. The route is 23 pitches of the most difficult steep rock climbing (all 23 pitches are 5.10b or harder and seven are 5.12a or harder). The ascent took them two days and they rated the climb at 5.13b. Paciencia is now considered the “Hardest Climb on the Eiger”. The route was first repeated by David Lama in 2011, who claimed the route the hardest rock route he had climbed in the Alps. The third ascent was made in 2013 by Calum Muskett and Dave MacLeod over a three day period.

This August, Sasha DiGiulian and her climbing partner Carlo Traversi will attempt to climb Paciencia. Their goal is to climb it in a day if possible. For Sasha it will be the first ascent by a woman. To be the first woman to climb the hardest route on the Eiger will be an international story and a truly historic mountaineering accomplishment.