A major undertaking up the central groove system on the pillar. The first ascent - which was filmed - took five days. The climbing is mainly free with bold climbing on the lower walls and some super-sustained cracks in the big groove. There are also three pitches of aid which requite a lot of small gear. Portaledges may be needed, the only decent bivi-ledges are above pitches 7 and 21. Apart from the belay bolts (which provide a viable escape route) the climb has minimal fixed gear - a peg on pitch two and a bolt on pitch three. 1) 6-, 50m. Climb leftwards to a belay.2) 7-, 40m. Continue left with hard moves over an overhang.3) 7, 45m. Head left (bolt) to the base of the long flake/groove system and belay a short way up it.4) 7-, 45m. Climb the groove past some loose blocks.5) 7-, 35m. Continue up the groove. 6) 6+, 40m. More groove and flake climbing with an excursion out left at about one third height. Bolt belays. 7) 4, 40m. Easier ground leads to a block belay and the site of the First Bivi.8) 2, 60m. Head left to gain the big grassy ramp then climb this to a belay.9) 4+, 65m. Continue to bolt belays at the top of the ramp.10) 6-, 30m. Climb past the right-hand side of a roof and up a crack to a good stance. Bolt belays.11) 6-, 30m. Slabby rock leads to a stance at the base of the Y fork in the road.12) 6+, 25m. Follow crack and slabs leftwards to a stance at the base of the huge groove system - bolt belays.13) 7-, 30m. Climb the left wall of the groove, past loose blocks, until it is possible to get back right into the groove. The right-hand side of a small overhang leads to a good small stance - the Second Bivi-site and base-camp for the battle to come.14) 8, 25m. Desperate climbing up the groove.15) 8-, 20m. More of the same.16) 8, 30m. ... and yet more, following the undercut flake system up and right to a bolted stance just left of the arete.17) A3, 35m. Move round the arete and climb the thin crack that splits the 'mirror' slab, to a hanging stance.18) A3, 20m. More aid climbing on up the thin crack to a ledge.19) ?, 30m. Cracks lead to a bolted belay - no grade given.20) 7-, 25m. Climb past the side of the huge roof, and the right-hand side of the next one with difficulty, then follow an easier crack to a double-bolt belay on a huge ledge system.21) -, 20m. Traverse left along the break to a great stance in an overhung niche - the perfect bivi-spot.22) 6 A2, 25m. Climb the back of the niche then exit left and climb the crack before pegging the left-curving crack to a double-bolt stance back on the right.23) 6-, 60m. Climb leftwards over loose rock then climb a huge groove, exit left to its top. Continue to a stance on the shoulder.24) 6, 60m. This is pitch 18 of Storm Pillar. Climb right then left, past a roof, then move back right and climb to the point where pitch 9 of Storpillaren comes in from the right. From here either follow Storpillaren to the Summit, or descend by abseil. © Rockfax
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