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800m, 24 pitches. 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 9 and 20. Apart from the belay bolts (which provide a viable escape route) the climb has minimal fixed gearm- a peg on pitch two and a bolt on pitch three. 1) 6-, 50m. Climb leftwards to 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 easier crack to a twin bolt belay on a huge ledge system. 21) -, 20m. Traverse left along the break to a great stance in a 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 twin 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) 5-, 30m. Trend right to a stance with peg and bolt belay. 25) 5-, 30m. More straightforward climbing to the point where Storpillaren P12 comes in from the right - belay a little higher. 26) 5, 35m. Climb up and right to a groove. At its top, move left around a corner onto the left side of the ridge and belay at a sloping grass ledge. 27) 4+, 20m. Climb up a face, then up and to the right onto a huge flat ledge. 28) 4, 30m. An easy pitch (loose blocks) up the right side of the ridge. Belay on a ledge 15m below the top of the ridge. 29) 3, 20m. Climb up and left to gain the ridge crest. 30) 3, 40m. Follow the ridge up, then down, to a fixed belay. Descent - Finish over the ridge as for Storpillaren, or abseil back down the line of the climb - about 17 abseils. © ROCKFAX
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