2016-05-22

Climbing Gallerie Weesen

Sam and I used the great weather on Sunday to go for a quick climbing trip to the "Gallerie Weesen". We chose "Verschneidung" as our warm up route. It starts with a 5c pitch and continues on a 6b. It was my turn to lead for the second pitch. I had an incredibly hard time and barely managed to climb it even after giving up and pulling on gear. I was starting to doubt my ability and was quite frustrated until we rappelled back down to the base and checked the guide book again. It turned out I had tried to lead "Maxima", a 7b. This redeemed me somewhat, especially considering that I have never managed a clean lead of a 7b, indoors or outdoors (I got close a few times in the gym though). I continued climbing "Deviation" 6a+ and "Übeltäter" 6b+ while Sam chose "Wixblau" 5c and "Anfängerglück Variante" 6a. Each one a solid 30 meters long and using the full length of my rope. All the while the sun was burning and added half a grade of difficulty because it greased the holds with a nice mixture of sweat and sunscreen. Good times! ;-)

View towards the Glarus valley and the village of Weesen.
I think Google photos auto-awesome might have gone a bit over the top with this one? Then again, it was blurry to begin with ;-)
Our warm up route worms around the roof.
Pro-tip: Read the labels before heading up a route.
By the books professional belay stance courtesy of Sam.