Getting ready for the final section
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... of the Schwerteck south ridge. Not particularly steep, but rather exposed, especially on the west side, and pretty rotton rock. Even big rocks were wobbly. Since yesterday had been a very long day, we were not quite as good on our game, and I would really rather have had a solid ridge instead.
Well, it wasn't.
We didn't quite make it to the summit. A few minutes out on the ridge, and Jannie fell - to the east, fortunately, not quite as steep as the western side. On either side, Hermann and Paul held the rope taught, so she didn't fall more than a few meters. After that scare, we decided to return. Bad rock, still feeling yesterday's exertions, and, most importantly, a fall that could have gone a lot worse - we decided to take the easiest route down, and returned to where we came from.
2 September 2011.