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We Get Outdoors Podcast

Oct 25, 2021

Didier Berthod is a Swiss rock climber who has been featured in many climbing films, notably First Ascent. He specializes in traditional crack climbing and has climbed many lines of this style.

First Ascent follows Didier's efforts to make the first ascent of Cobra Crack in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. It also documents his climbs in Europe and his frugal lifestyle such as working in a hostel between attempts.

On 14 December 2003, Didier free-climbed Greenspit (8b+ or 5.14-) located in the Orco Valley in Italy, which is considered to be one of the hardest traditional crack climbs in the world.

In 2006, Berthod had become a monk giving up climbing and joined the Eucharistein Fraternity.

Presently, Didier is back climbing and in balance with his calling of being a Pastor in Switzerland. In 2020, Alp & Ism Trento Film Festival selected Berthod along with three other mountaineers for 68th edition of the festival,