This is the view up the wall, with first 6a pitch before the actual start of the wall - and than the route follows cracks/chimneys to the right of the prominent pillar. Who said there were no chimneys or no cracks worth of that name in Europe? 'Escalade d'anthologie' the guidebook says - and it is truly a stunning experience.
The biggest surprise is the 5th pitch - it is hard to put any grade on it - some of the most claustrophobic climbing ever
with an overhanging offwidth to finish with pleasure on a hanging belay 150m off the deck.
And finally after all the suffering and grunting, one of the best crack climbing pitches ever - here's Mark proudly going up the dream stone.
Yes, Portalet is worth coming back to over and over - to at least look at it for inspiration!