The North Faces of the Alps used to be the hardest climbs imaginable. Now a new kind of adventurer is climbing and then flying them. Former athlete Juraj Koren is one of them.
This time of year is usually when athletes start thinking about heading to warmer climates or putting away the wing and switching to skiing.
Not so the former 2019 Red Bull X-Alps athlete Juraj Koren. The 29-year-old adventurer relishes the winter even more, as it offers the chance to do some serious climbing – and flying.
The Slovakian recently climbed the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses by the Shroud (750m, IV WI4) – solo – then flew from the top. The north face is considered one of the classic hard climbs of the Alps, ranking alongside such iconic climbs as the north face of the Eiger and Matterhorn. It’s situated to the east of Mont Blanc.