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.
The Grimsel pass road is takes off from Innertkirchen, east of Meiringen. The climbing areas are all on the west side of the pass.
Weather station 3.5 miles from here
6 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Sagittarius 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Europe
: ... : Gelmerfluh
A modern line, offering varied climbing including slabs, corners, cracks and face climbing.Although long, with the perfect bolting it can be climbing fairly quickly. The highlight of the route is the splitter 30 meter crack in the seventh pitch (6a+). The crux in the eigth pitch /(6b) is a delicate slab traverse underneath and around a small roof right at the start of the pitch. It can easily be aided if necessary. ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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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.