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2-Gerstenegg Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,297'
Location: 37.81408, -119.10725 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Gerstenegg sector (central) of the Grimsel area: ....

Description 

Mostly less than vertical, but has some steep areas. And the slab areas are overall interesting, not just friction.

Mostly faces NNW.

Top-Roping? Access to the top of the cliff (without climbing a route) is difficult and time-consuming. Using an anchor at the top of the cliff to belay from the bottom requires an 80-meter rope. Access to the middle ledge which is the top of the lower steeper part is not as time-consuming, but requires tricky navigation and climbing.

Middle ledge: Shortest access to the middle ledge is to hike WSW (Right) about 160 feet roughly horizontal along the base of the cliff (past Eldorado sector) to some broken rock (cairn as of 2016). Make a class 4 move to start scrambling up diagonal Left (SE). Keep looking way Left (East) ... stop going upward when a bit below the level of a bare tree a long ways east which is about 8-10 inches wide and 10-12 feet high. Then traverse to a big tree, next over some stacked flakes, then down a narrow cleft to a smaller pine tree. Step east just above its trunk into a wider gully with some loose rocks. Down this about thirty feet, then up east a little to reach the mid-level ledge. The obvious evergreen tree is at the top of Pitch 1 of the Left Slab and the Left Center Crack routes.

Top of cliff: Shortest access to the top is to hike WSW (Right) about 160 feet roughly horizontal along the base of the cliff (past Eldorado sector) to some broken rock (cairn as of 2016). Make a class 4 move to start scrambling up diagonal Left (SE) about 100 feet, then traverse East (with some up+down scrambling) about 100 feet, then scramble down to the top of the cliff, 10-15 ft west of a bare standing tree about 8-10 inches wide and 10-12 feet tall. Look down and see a large tree on a ledge at mid-height -- that tree is at the top of Pitch 1 of the Left Slab and the Left Center Crack routes.

warning: The rock in this sector has not been climbed much yet, and much of the rock is still breakable and loose -- so the belayer and other people should stand far away from underneath the climber.

name: Just as we recognize the June Lake Loop as a little visit to Switzerland, so we see the rock of Rush as a taste of Swiss granite.
"Gerstenegg" is a climbing area in the famous Grimsel valley granite region in the center of Switzerland. Known for slab routes.

Getting There 

Follow the instructions on the Grimsel area description page.
. (17-32 minutes approach via Log bridge)
. (12-20 minutes via Wading the creek)

--> see Grimsel overview photo <--

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.6 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in 2-Gerstenegg

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 2-Gerstenegg:
Left Center Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For 2-Gerstenegg

Left Slab 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : 2-Gerstenegg
Lots of thoughtful moves requiring precise footwork and finding hands and body position. P1: Up the face to slightly left of the obvious tree (5.8).P2: Step over to rigth side of tree, and up slabs to the top (5.6) which is roughly directly above the tree, slightly right from a smaller standing bare tree trunk.warning: The rock on and near this route has not been climbed much yet, and much of the rock is still breakable and loose -- so the belayer and other people should stand far away fr...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: lower right side of Gerstenegg sector
BETA PHOTO: lower right side of Gerstenegg sector

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