After more than ten years, Dani Arnold’s solo speed project is coming to an end: He has climbed the sixth big north face of the Alps in free solo and solo speed record – the Petit Dru.
Breaking the record was not Dani Arnolds original plan that weekend, but the stable weather and the good conditions made him change his mind: “When an opportunity arises that everything falls into place, then I must take that chance.” So, at exactly 8:46 a.m. on August 15, 2021, he climbed the wall alone, filmed by Stefan Brugger and Guido Perrini. After reaching the summit of Petit Dru, the time was stopped after exactly 1 hour, 43 minutes and 35 seconds, completing the record-breaking project of the six major North Faces. “It is an art to be in the right place at the right time on every big north face”, explains Dani Arnold, “In this respect, the Petit Dru is the most demanding. It can’t be too hot or too cold. Very few days in the year are the conditions optimal and acceptable enough to take the risk of climbing without a rope.”
Congratulations Dani to this outstanding achievement!