/ Big wall climbing overnighting on portaledges- any ideas?

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gunilla - on 30 May 2012
Hi all,

It's been on my wish list for a long time now to do a longer climb (although not necesarily a super hard one) with the opportunity to bivy a night on a porta ledge half way.

Does anyone know of any places in Europe which would be a good place to do this and of any climbig course/holiday providers that can arrange a climb like this, as it would be beyond my abilities at this point in time to set this up without professional guidance.

Any advice/ recomendations are most welcome..

Thanks all,
The Ex-Engineer - on 31 May 2012
In reply to gunilla: The only option that really springs to mind is to head out to Yosemite in California and do a guided ascent of a a proper, but reasonable straightforward big-wall (grade V) route like the West Face of Leaning Buttress - http://www.supertopo.com/rock-climbing/Yosemite-Valley-Leaning-Tower-West-Face

You will have no problem getting an American mountain guide to take you up anything in Yosemite. For example see http://www.yosemitepark.com/rock-climbing-guides.aspx

In Europe there are pretty much no easier routes where using a Portaledge would be anything other than extremely contrived. All the routes where they would be used are generally too hard or too dangerous for a guided ascent to really be an option.

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