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Climbing in the Eldorado | Grimsel

golden slabs in a dreamlike setting


At least once in your climbing life you should visit the Eldorado and put your hand and feet on these world-famous slabs. Because in the Eldorado many qualities come together: a breathtaking setting, over 500m mighty slab walls, a granite of the highest quality and a lot of climbing history. The area is located in a breathtakingly beautiful environment, which is characterized by a strong landscape contrast. The Grimselsee and the lovely vegetation create almost a beach atmosphere on one side. On the other hand, the glaciated Bernese Alps with the mighty Lauteraarhorn north face give the setting a high alpine touch. A unique mix.

The climbing style in the Eldorado is old school, characterized by technical slabs, cracks and dihedrals, whereby the first ones predominate. Neither strong fingers nor a thick biceps help here, but precision, trust in the feet and a good balance. All those qualities are often needed when climbing high above the last bolt. After a long absence, already pitches in grade four can feel surprisingly demanding. This has already happened to numerous aspirants, regardless of whether they are rising stars, experienced climbers or mountain guides. But familiarity comes back soon with the exercise and you run them up again, those smooth slabs.