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09/13/08. Eiertanz (VI- A0, 5P) on Kelch & Ostkante (VI, 4P) Doupianifels

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Eiertanz route on the Kelch.

In the morning we headed for the short but very cool looking Kelch tower. The highlight of this one involves a wild (A0 for most, incl. me) and wide step-across a chasm on the final pitch – very much reminiscent of Sedona’s Mace and Oak Creek Spire. Good fun climbing and enough to whet our appetites for more of this stuff. On the way out, we also did Doupiani’s popular Ostkante route as it was right next to the road. Easy lower pitches and one steeper headwall pitch. Much edging and nubbin pinching reminiscent of Red Rocks or Smith face climbs. Another good route. A rich dinner and a liter jug of wine ended the day.

Photos

Eiertanz (VI- A0, 5P) on Kelch
Eiertanz (Kelch)

Starting up the first pitch of the Eiertanz route (5 pitches VI- A0) on the Kelch. First route we did in Meteora (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Shirley pinching pebbles on pitch 2 of Eiertanz route on the Kelch (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Pith 3 of Eiertanz on the Kelch (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Shirley belaying me on pitch 3 of Eiertanz route on the Kelch (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Shirley on the short scrambling pitch 4 of Eiertanz route. This is the subsummit of the tower (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Yours truly right after the A0 step across move on Eiertanz route on the Kelch Tower (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Leading the final pitch of Eiertanz route on the Kelch Tower. This is the face climb after the step-across move (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Shirley on the final pitch of Eiertanz route on the Kelch Tower (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Shirley on the summit of the Kelch with Pindos mountains in the background (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Shirley rope jumping off the summit of the Kelch (Sept. 2008).

Eiertanz (Kelch)

Shirley hiking back to the car after our climb of Eiertanz route on the Kelch. The whole thing is visible in the background – up the buttress on the right and an A0 step across to gain the summit block (Sept. 2008).

Ostkante (VI, 4P) Doupianifels
Ostkante (Doupianifels)

Leading pitch 1 of Ostkante route (4 pitch VI) on Doupianifels (Septl 2008).

Ostkante (Doupianifels)

Shirley following pitch 1 or 2 of Ostkante route on Doupianifels (Sept. 2008).

Ostkante (Doupianifels)

Shirley at the pitch 2 belay on Ostkante route on Doupianifels…another single bolt rig (Sept. 2008).

Ostkante (Doupianifels)

Shirley nubbin pinching her way up pitch 3 of Ostkante route (Sept. 2008).

Ostkante (Doupianifels)

Views from high on the Ostkante route on Doupianifels formation. How many tower-top monasteries can you find in this photo? The most tower-like tower (left of center) is Teufelsturm. Large fin-like structure immediately right is Yipsiloterafels (Sept. 2008).

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Shirley immersing herself in local Greek beer…err, I mean culture after a climb in Meteora (Sept. 2008).

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The view from our motel window – one of those is our rented ride. A rare, dry day in Meteora (Sept. 2008).

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