2015-05-02

Climbing Sobrio

Non-stop rain on labor day kept us confined to the indoors. It looked as if Saturday offered a dry weather window on the South side of the alps though. So Stefan, Andrey, Vinay and I take the trip through the Saint-Gothard tunnel to Sobrio. The crag is still a little wet in the morning, making some of the routes a little more challenging. The sun is shining though and perfectly solid granite offers varied and fun climbing. Andrey and Stefan have to leave early for other commitments in Z├╝rich, but Vinay and I stay on, climbing until we are the last people at the crag and it starts raining again. In the end we've put in a solid 7 hours of climbing.

Labor day. bah!
Stefan monkeying around.

We've climbed:

  • Mc Christal's 5a
  • Unnamed 5a/6b?
  • Il Bruco 5b
  • Fix 6a+
  • Titti 5c
  • Sempre Vivo 5c
  • Zion Train 6a+
  • Aeroplano 6a
  • Zimbawe 6a
  • Natty Dread 6b
Vinay.
The overhanging start to Zion Train and Aeroplano.
Obviously my favorite route of the day ;-P

The unnamed route was not in our guide book and the rating is just my suggestion. It started with a nearly trivial pitch to an anchor. After which it continued for three more bolts over a blank slab. That required extremely delicate moves balancing on the tiniest of ledges. Smearing feet on the blank rock while clamping your fingernails on two millimeter wide crystals. I was the only one to send it ;-)

This is a very kids friendly area. A gang of them built this hut.
We call this a Donnerbalken in German. A pit latrine in a hollow, burned tree.
Restaurant with a view.

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