Saturday, 4 October 2008

Via Felici 10th August





Via Felici - we found out that this means "happy way" and it was! We had watched people climbing on this route when we climbed on Dente par Dente and it looked awesome! A pitch with a fantasticly steep flake which just looked so improbable to climb so we had to go back to Albinga. The day was also to be the last sunny day for a while and possibly our last chance to climb before we had to head back to Chamonix.
The first pitch was mine - a lovely slab with a few tricky moves to reach the belay. Ron took on the harder steep pitches but made the moves look smooth and straightforward. When it came to my turn on the third steep flake pitch, I found the holds more positive than I expected and the climbing was really enjoyable. And so it continued
The descent was quite interesting as we found the abseil point for the first section down but then after a bit of a walk, we came across two very old pegs that really are an accident waiting to happen. We used them but with caution as they really are not good and I watched as the pegs wobbled as Ron downclimbed.

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