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|Durendalle|| 6b |
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|700m, 24 pitches. An altogether harder offering for those who prefer long and hard instead of just long! Not to be underestimated - 24 pitches, full in the sun with a lot of fairly tough face climbing along the way. Start 30m right of Les enfants on the other side of the goulotte (water-worn gully). The route is rigged for abseil all the way from the East Ridge (top of p16 ) but this is not recommended in bad weather. Beyond p16 abseiling would be extremely difficult in any weather.
1) 5+, 2) 6a+, 3) 5, 4) 5, 5) 5+, 6) 5+, 7) 6a, 8) 6a, 9) 6a. 10) 6a, 11) 6a+, 12) 6a) 13) 6a, 14) 6b, 15) 6a, 16) 5, 17) 3+. At this point the route joins Les enfants de dalle for seven more pitches.
18) 3+, 19) 5+, 20) 5+, 21) 4+, 22) 5, 23) 3+, 24) 4. © ROCKFAX|
Photo: 10 pitches up, leaving the forest far below © Stephen Venables
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This climb is in 3 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.
Great climbing over a length unequalled elsewhere in the french Pyrenees at TD+.
LeeWood - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/11
a long day. still a bit ill from a thouroughly violent stomache bug, the early start and early breakfast weren't appreciated. grim walk in and first few pitches but then matters improved. Until, by about pitch of 8 of 24 when we'd supped the majority of the water and it was absolutely roasting with no shade on any belays. Had to climb most of top half in trainers, shoes hurt too much in the heat. Eventually made it to the summit seriously de-hydrated. A spanish mountaineering type gave us a mouthful of water which tasted of rollies. Then a dense mist/fog rolled in and we lost the trail. However I heard running water and it was pure ecstacy gulping litre after litre after litre - by far the highlight of the day. memorable but long routes just aren't the same..... Good climbing and perfect rock either way.
Ram MkiV - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/09 with Ian
ian storey - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/09 with steve ramsden
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