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~ Saturday 1st August 2009

Rock climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges d'Arolla today on a brilliant new route recently bolted by the incredibly active Jean-Marie Moos.

In an area not known for solid rock, this is an impressive find - 9 pitches of steep climbing up to 6b, well bolted (13 quickdraws) abseil off - easy with 60m ropes...but we had 50m so there's now an extra belay at the end of the second abseil.

Approach from Arolla via Pra Gra (we drove up the track) from where it's a 2 hour walk, or from the Aiguilles Rouges hut. The route is above the Glacier Inférieure Des Aiguilles Rouges (find a quartz vein near the lowest point of the face, and look for bolts) There is a topo in the hut and also in Follomi Sports, Sion.