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From the top of Grimsel Pass. That's the Dome de l...

Description 

Grimsel is to a slab climber what the playboy channel is to a pubescent kid. That is, of course, where the analogy ends, as there is very limited use for the hands at Grimsel.

The volume of exposed stone is absurd; it is an ocean of solid, mostly smooth granite.

If, like the author, you are not completely enthusiastic about friction climbing, don't be discouraged, as Grimsel also has some phenomenal routes where the bolts are not the only feature on the rock to get your ropes stuck on while abseiling.

The Grimsel pass road is normally open from early summer until late autumn.

There are numerous climbing venues at Grimsel, both crags and spectacular multi-pitch areas, at various elevations and with different exposures.

On the pass road, there are a number of hotels well situated as a base for climbing, amongst them the Handeck hotel and the Grimsel Hospiz. The Grimsel Hospiz, perched on a small rock outcropping above the Grimselsee reservoir, is a truly spectacular place to visit.


Getting There 

The Grimsel pass road is takes off from Innertkirchen, east of Meiringen. The climbing areas are all on the west side of the pass.


Climbing Season


6 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',5],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grimsel:
Motörhead   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 14 pitches, 1600'   Eldorado
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View of Finsteraarhorn on the approach

Motörhead 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Europe : Switzerland : ... : Eldorado
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

Photos of Grimsel Slideshow Add Photo
Neverending slabs in sector Oelberg of the Handegg area.... here the first, 6b pitch of Siebenschläfer (accessed via the five pitch route Engeliweg).
Neverending slabs in sector Oelberg of the Handegg...
Rappel down one of the routes.
Rappel down one of the routes.
Art in grimsel dimensions...
Art in grimsel dimensions...
Grimsel in the autumn
Grimsel in the autumn
A typical Grimsel climber
A typical Grimsel climber
Overall a super fun place to go climbing on a sunny Swiss day.
Overall a super fun place to go climbing on a sunn...
Julie follows "Zizigutti" (5c)
Julie follows "Zizigutti" (5c)
harder climb on the right side of the dome
harder climb on the right side of the dome
Grimselstrom
Grimselstrom
Grimsel in the autumn, with the Gelmerfluh in the background
Grimsel in the autumn, with the Gelmerfluh in the ...
Julie leading "Kristall" (4c)
Julie leading "Kristall" (4c)
The Azalle Beach dome
The Azalle Beach dome
Not sure of the name of this route. maybe "Nils Holgersohn."
Not sure of the name of this route. maybe "Nils Ho...
Julie on Moritz (4)
Julie on Moritz (4)
great cheap camping down the valley in the village of Innertkirchen.
great cheap camping down the valley in the village...
On Sellsoger (6a)
On Sellsoger (6a)
Vintage Grimsel granite.  Sector Gerstenegg, on the route "Fliegender Teppich" (flying carpet), a very fitting name.
Vintage Grimsel granite. Sector Gerstenegg, on th...
typical of the runouts.
typical of the runouts.
Towards the "Donald Duck" area
Towards the "Donald Duck" area
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By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Jan 30, 2009

We found a small rack (set of cams to 3.5 and wires) really helped between bolts. Amazing granite. I'd like to get back in the next year or so. Really worth the visit if your in the area. And if you are a slab climber a true destination area.