Friday, 26 September 2008

Via Miki, Bio Pillar 3rd August





Back up in the cable car and this time all went well and we trotted along the path past the Albigna Hut and on to the Bio Pillar and Via Miki, out route of choice for yesterday.
The first pitch was meant to be 4c so I thought great, my pitch, should be straightforward only it wasn't and I felt a bit defeated by it. It was only later that we found a description of the route in an Italian guide book that gave the pitch a 5c grade so I didn't feel quite so bad!
The second pitch was interesting - a short layback crack which was quite strenuous but easily protected. The bolts on the route were few and far between and trad gear definitely made the climbing feel a lot better. It was quite strange in that the harder pitches were more straightforward than the easier graded pitches. All the same, it was a great route though we both came to the conclusion that the route alongside, Via Classica that we climbed last year, was of better quality.

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