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Eldorado is perhaps the most famous of all climbing venues at Grimsel. The approach itself, beginning at the spectacular Grimsel Hospiz, crossing the Grimsel dam, scampering through a long tunnel, and then traversing above the shore of the Grimselsee reservoir, is an experience not to be missed.

There are well over a dozen routes, all off which are around 500 meters in length and share a walk-off descent down a grassy gully to the right of the wall.

The venue is at around 2000 meters above sea level, and is south facing.

The routes have bolted anchors and intermittent bolts on the pitches, particularly on slabs and elsewhere where it is not possible to place gear. For most of the routes, one is well advised to bring a complementary rack.

Most of the routes can be found in the Swiss guidebook Schweiz Plaisir west.

Due to its reputation, the venue tends to draw crowds in the summer, particularly on the classic routes such as Motörhead.

Getting There 

Park at the Grimsel Hospiz, traverse the dam, and take the trail towards the Lauteraar hut. The approach is around two hours, with practically no elevation gain.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eldorado

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eldorado:
Motörhead   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 14 pitches, 1600'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: View of Finsteraarhorn on the approach

Motörhead 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Europe : Switzerland : ... : Eldorado
Motörhead was one of the first routes of Eldorado. It's THE classic line which follows an obvious crack system. Descent is by walk off, down a gully to the right of the wall....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: The view back towards the Grimsel Hospiz from the ...
The view back towards the Grimsel Hospiz from the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Eldorado, with the Unteraar glacier in the backgro...
BETA PHOTO: Eldorado, with the Unteraar glacier in the backgro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Along the trail towards Eldorado
Along the trail towards Eldorado
Rock Climbing Photo: The Eldorado climbing area from afar
BETA PHOTO: The Eldorado climbing area from afar

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