Two Brits on form on winter routes in Switzerland
by Ben Wilkinson Mar/2005
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On a recent trip to Switzerland, Ben Wilkinson met up with Swiss ex-pat Matt Spenceley. On the first day of the trip they climbed a hard new trad mixed line in the Roseleui gorge near Interlaken. Satisfaction (Scottish IX, 9) follows two beautiful and obvious ice features linked by a fierce roof crack. Although fairly short the climbing is very stenuous and a fall would have been unthinkable as the protection is in exfoliating rock. The route was very smoothly onsighted by Matt placing all gear on lead. Ben then repeated the climb straight after Matt had stripped the gear.
While in the area the pair also managed some quick redpoints including Tomahawk M11-, Whiteout M10+ and the mega classic Pink Panther M10-.
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