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Traumpfeiler (Pillar of Dreams) 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 850'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Heinz Lothar Stutte, Helmet Magdefrau, 1981
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Submitted By: Steven Lucarelli on Jun 21, 2010

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This route is a mega classic and a must do if your climbing the grade. You can expect pitch after pitch of quality steep climbing right to the summit with typical but reasonable runouts for the area. Additional protection is most useful on the crux pitch but you could get by without it if your feeling solid. And although this route is called 9 pitches it is easy to link any of the pitches. In fact when John and I climbed it only took us 4 pitches.

With a 60m rope we linked the first two, then we linked 3 through 5, 6 and 7 and finally 8 and 9. Long runners are useful for this and the rope drag was pretty minimal.


Traumpfeiler is located on the north side of the Heiliger Geist formation. The best approach is to park on the main road north of the route at a large pull out below the Ayiou Nikolaou Anapavsa Monastery. From hear walk south around the left side of a crop field on an obvious trail. The trail crosses a dirt road and continues toward the Heiliger Geist. When you start nearing the north end of the formation keep your eyes open for a trail that heads right into the brush and drops into a streambed. A short climb up the other side of this stream bed should put you right at the base of the climb.

If there is a large cave with some wood scaffold looking structures in it up to your right then your in the right spot.

To descend walk south along the top of the Heiliger Geist until you get to the southern end. Look for a single eyebolt to the left (east) that is in an obvious water runoff. Make one single rope rappel and one double rope rappel down this water chute to the ground. (Note: I'm almost positive that this could be done with a single 60m rope using intermediate anchors but we didn't try since we had two ropes). Once on the ground head left (east) past a blue door that goes into a room in the rock and follow the obvious trail to town.

To get back to your car follow the roads through town staying right until you get to a dirt road. This should be the same one you crossed when you first started the approach.


Bring about 12 quickdraws, a few stoppers in the medium sizes and .5 to 2 Camalot size cams. If your linking pitches bring more draws, more gear will be useless. All the anchors are large ring bolts and a lot of the protection bolts on the route are the same. A few newer bolts have been added making it more reasonable to leave your cams and stoppers behind if your feeling confident.

Photos of Traumpfeiler (Pillar of Dreams) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing partner heading up the first pitch.
Climbing partner heading up the first pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Me hanging out at the anchor a long way up.
Me hanging out at the anchor a long way up.
Rock Climbing Photo: John starting the crux.
John starting the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: John traversing to the anchor at the end of the 2n...
John traversing to the anchor at the end of the 2n...
Rock Climbing Photo: John starting up Traumpfeiler
John starting up Traumpfeiler
Rock Climbing Photo: Traumpfeiler follows the left skyline with the cru...
Traumpfeiler follows the left skyline with the cru...

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By rpc
Jul 19, 2010

An amazing climb!
By Edward_
Jun 24, 2014

Some gear beta:
- We were able to do the decent rap's with a single 70m.
- For gear, 1 yellow linked cam, 6 QD's and 6 trad draws would be useful. I did not see any knobs you could sling, so I wouldn't bring long slings for slinging knobs.
- I don't have a ton of experience with sparsly bolted climbs so I was a bit worried about looking for bolts - but don't worry, while you probably never see you next bolt, just take the line of least resistance and eventually you'll see a bolt.

Neat route in an amazing setting

Here is my trip report w/ pictures and beta:
By Alisha Alexandra
From: Austin, TX
Dec 27, 2015

Great climb with amazing views. Hired a local guide for the climb named Vagelis who is also featured in the Petzl video for climbing in Meteora. Like all the routes in the area, it feels like they are sparsely bolted compared to sport climbing crags. Apparently the cave on the side of the pillar was used as a monk prison back in the day.
By Jeremy Byrne
From: oak hills CA
5 days ago

UNBELIEVABLE ROUTE! This climb alone was worth the 15 hour flight to get here!

There are some good topos if you look them up on google and the runouts had pretty positive holds. I linked pitches 1-2; 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; then 9 with a 70m rope.

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