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Graue Wand (Niedermann) 5c+ 

Graue Wand 

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The Graue Wand is one of the premiere granite venues in central Switzerland. Despite the somewhat lengthy approach, the area is very popular. The routes are long (generally 400m) and sustained, and the rock is of superb quality.

The Graue Wand is south facing, and receives sun from early mid morning through the late afternoon.

Getting There 

The approach begins from Tiefenbach, on the east side of the the Furka pass. Park there or pay a nominal fee for use of a former military road that will gain you some elevation and cut your approach time by 15-20 minutes. There is a clear trailhead for the approach to the hut.

To reach the Graue Wand, follow the approach to the hut. Just before the final slope leading to the hut, follow a red/white marked trail that breaks to the left. Follow this trail leading east/northeast. The Graue Wand is in clear view from here. Take a more or less direct line towards the area (there are trails and cairns everywhere, don't feel obliged to follow any particular one).

The approach is a solid 90 minutes from the military road. Except for the final slope, it is not particularly strenuous.

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Pitch seven of Niedermann (5b)

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The Graue Wand in high summer
The Graue Wand in high summer
The left side of the Graue Wand, with the routes Conquest, Cannibal Island, etc.
BETA PHOTO: The left side of the Graue Wand, with the routes C...
The Graue Wand, from the trail leading to the Albert-Heim hut
BETA PHOTO: The Graue Wand, from the trail leading to the Albe...
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