Eldorado is perhaps the most famous of all climbing venues at Grimsel. The approach itself, beginning at the spectacular Grimsel Hospiz, crossing the Grimsel dam, scampering through a long tunnel, and then traversing above the shore of the Grimselsee reservoir, is an experience not to be missed.
There are well over a dozen routes, all off which are around 500 meters in length and share a walk-off descent down a grassy gully to the right of the wall.
The venue is at around 2000 meters above sea level, and is south facing.
The routes have bolted anchors and intermittent bolts on the pitches, particularly on slabs and elsewhere where it is not possible to place gear. For most of the routes, one is well advised to bring a complementary rack.
Most of the routes can be found in the Swiss guidebook Schweiz Plaisir west.
Due to its reputation, the venue tends to draw crowds in the summer, particularly on the classic routes such as Motörhead.
Park at the Grimsel Hospiz, traverse the dam, and take the trail towards the Lauteraar hut. The approach is around two hours, with practically no elevation gain.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eldorado:
Motörhead 5.10b Trad, 14 pitches, 1600 feet, Grade IV
Motörhead was one of the first routes of Eldorado. It's THE classic line which follows an obvious crack system. Descent is by walk off, down a gully to the right of the wall....[more]Browse More Classics in International