Man conquers vertical cliff in Austria

An extreme climber has become the first man to climb the nearly vertical cliff in Austria called Principle Hope.

Austrian Beat Kammerlander, who is 50, spent nine months planning the 130ft climb and knew every inch of the climb so was prepared for the challenge.

The free climber took several hours to haul himself up without any assistance.

After every few metres, he anchored a cam device into a crack in the rock and hooked a rope that was attached to him to it – in case he lost grip.  Previous successful attempts to climb the rock have only been done using pre-drilled bolts along an established route in the cliff.

Beat Kammerlander attempted to climb Principal Hope in 1997 but was not successful.