The Swedish Matilda Söderlund is changing more and more into an all-rounder: after a flash of an 8b+ route in 2012, she was able to climb a 9a route in 2019. Last year she managed her first 8B boulder.
Now she manages her first difficult multi-pitch route with „Parzival“ (X/ 8b) on the „Westliche Dreifaltigkeit“ in the Swiss Alpstein Mountains. She was also able to climb the crux pitch in the first try. The 150m long route was freed in 2017 by Michael Wohlleben.
„Parzival, 8b (150 m, 6 pitches) – my first multi pitch project – wow, what an incredible adventure!
Thursday 19 august I had a perfect day of climbing. We were in the clouds all day, with big swarms of birds passing by every now and then and accompanied on the wall by @michiwohlleben (who made the first free ascent in 2017) cheering me on from his project. Conditions were crisp and cold. I managed to climb the route with no falls and leading all pitches, with @guidemats as my climbing partner and belayer. Reaching the summit of my first multi pitch project was almost a surreal feeling. Extra happy that I managed to do the 8b first try and then climb the last to pitches (7c and 7a) flash/onisght.
About two years ago I started thinking and dreaming about being able to climb big walls. Back then I had zero experience of multi pitch climbing. It’s been a learning process that I’ve invested a lot in. To finally be able to play the game in this climbing discipline feels super exciting, even though I still have a long way to go and more to learn. I look forward to future projects! Feeling very proud and it’s a climbing day I will forever remember.“
Photo: (c) Måns Gullgren