Follow David Lama's Classic Supertramp Climb

Watch David Lama climb the iconic Supertramp in the Swiss Alps.
© Rainer Eder/Mammut
By Evan David

David Lama has climbed some of the hardest routes in the world — after all, he was born for climbing. But that doesn't mean he can't appreciate the pleasure of something simpler, especially when it's an iconic big wall route like Supertramp, in Switzerland.

First climbed by Martin Scheel and George Benisowitsch in 1980, the multi-pitch route in the Swiss Alps is still considered a classic. As part of the Mammuts Classics series, he tackled the big wall earlier this year, along with climber Katherine Choong. Watch the video of the climb in the player above

The famous Supertramp multi-pitch climbing route in the Glarus Alps, Switzerland
Supertramp is an iconic climb first done in 1980 © Rainer Eder

Mountain Project says this of the climb: "A megaclassic of central Switzerland. Notoriously hard for the grade, with a challenging approach of traverses and with unobvious route finding at the start."

The route is about 1,312 feet of sustained 6c+ climbing, with an exciting pendulum in the middle — which Lama freed after taking a pretty big fall when a handhold ripped out on his first attempt.

Climber David Lama at the top of the famous Supertramp multi-pitch climb in Switzerland
It always feels good to top out © Rainer Eder

As with many famous routes, the line has an interesting history, and the first person to scale the ascent, Martin Scheel, retold it to Lama. Enjoy the video, and keep an eye for more classic climbs. 

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