Avg: 3 from 1 vote
Routes in Torre del Piz dal Päl
|SW Arête T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 600 ft, 6 pitches|
|Page Views:||105 total, 5/month|
|Shared By:||Brian in SLC on May 3, 2016|
DescriptionGreat rock with memorable pitches, a short approach from a hut, fairly easy climbing, good trail on approach and egress, tram instead of 3k' vert approach...all account for a bit of popularity of this fine route.
Find the dihedral on the left side of the bottom most toe of the SW face.
P1: climb the dihedral with a slight bend to the left. Up over a bit of broken terrain to a chain anchor on the flat face. 40m 5.5-ish.
P2: Up a lower angle flake with big holds and follow the crack ramp up to the right past some bushes. 40m 5.4.
P3: Climb up and where the rock gets steep, head right, then back left. 40m 5.4.
P4: Up a crack then slightly right up the face to a terrace. 30m 5.5.
P5: Up a steep bit, then, spikey fun lower angle face to a pinch belay (thread the pinch for an anchor) right on the SW arête proper. 30m 5.5.
P6: Step up, clip a bolt, then up on Toulumne-esque knobs and clip another bolt. Continue up to the top with an interesting move or two. Might seem a bit runout on unprotected face climbing. 15m 5.7.
P6 variation: possible to escape the last, steep pitch by traversing around to the north on easy terrain (easy 5th class). Avoids the somewhat intimidating last pitch.
This route climbs amazingly fast for a competent party of two. A couple of hour jaunt up fine rock.
LocationRoute starts on the left side of the toe of the SW ridge/face, left of a few single pitch routes which share a single anchor. Also starts well left of the also popular Piccolo (5c obl).
Descent for most folks is a single 50m rappel from an anchor on the SE side of the summit blade ridge. This anchor can possibly be extended back over to the NE which makes for an easier start (rather than swinging around onto the steep face).
Rumor to be an option to down climb, first to the north, then down left towards the valley followed by a right traverse to a chimney which leads to the deck.