Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Eldorado, the Granite Mecca

Last w-end i finally reached the mountains. It happenned in the always welcoming Bernese Oberland, at the Grimsel Pass. Have not been in this region yet, and waiking up in the morning is definitely pleasant there. A view of Schreckhorn, afterwards Finsteraahorn's East face quickly make up for the driving and sleep deprivation.

We headed to Eldorado, a 500m granite slab over the west end of the GrimselSee dam. As the crowd headed up Motorhead (at least 4 pairs), we turned our attention to Metal Hurlant, a little bit harder alternative. Even here we managed to get off route during the beginning pitches, but did get to the crux arrete 6b through a traverse (photo). Very nice crux that goes through chimney techniques. The top was long and slabby 5a/c pitches. Long time i didn't do that kind of climbing - makes me think of Val di mello. With 2 bolts per pitch, even at 5a i failed to lead, but fun was there anyway.

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