Monday, August 31, 2009
Fraguel Rock, Aeri
This time Xavi chose the route - and in the end there were 4 of us, thus two teams, alone in the whole big wall of Aeri on this surprising Sunday. We went up Fraguel Rock (topo here), a recent route bolted from below. It has a pretty spaced out bolting - especially in the first pitch, the wake-up call I would call the hardest on the route. But the crux was finding where the route started as we spent at least an hour speculating, and another 30 min watching one of the Alberts go up, downclimb, and finally find the very hidden fixed rope leading to the start, way to the right from Cristina (grey bolts) and Easy Rider (one bolt, pitons in a scary dihedral).
Afterwards the route was loads of fun, with a really cool second, ultimate and the pen-ultimate pitches. Another Albert enjoying the ending of the pen-ultimate pitch, with some air below:
Albert and Xavi figuring out where to go next:
The 'intermediate' top of the route, from where a rap and a scramble up a fixed rope (better in rock shoes) leads to the 'real' top:
All the members of the team on the top top of Aeri - 2 Alberts, myself and Xavi: