Fair Hands Line – Handegg Switzerland, 10 pitches of pleasure

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‘Fair Hands Line’ is a 330 meter long 6a+ granite climb. It is located at the Handegg slabs near the Grimsel Pass in Switzerland. The belays are bolted and the route is too but you may want a supplemental rack. This is a great route and totally a ‘HOOT’.

Approach: Park behind the Handeck Hotel and walk out the parkingplatz towards the Funicular you must cross over the highway and river on a super cool suspension bridge. Walk left past the toilets at the Funicular to find a climbers trail. Follow a cairn marked single track and scree slope for 15 minutes to the base.Fair Hands Line Start

On the rock is painted Mummery start-up the route on the left with the glue-in ring bolts.Mummery painted on base, next to start of Fair Hands Line

Pitch 1 (5b) Up 3 bolts to an old ring and glue-in, 20 meters.

Pitch 2 (6a) An arête slab pitch, 35 meters.

Pitch 3 (5c+) Up a corner  and then straight up sweet cracks, 35 meters.Pitch 3 Fair Hands Line

Pitch 4 (5b)  Continue straight up with slab and more crack climbing, 40 meters.

Pitch 5 (5b) Trend to the left and up easy quartz streaked granite, 40 meters.

Pitch 6 (5a) Cruisy climbing on features face, 35 meters.

Pitch 7 (5a) More nice horizontal cracks, 35 meters.

Pitch 8 (5b) Traverse right to a slabby hand crack, 25 meters.

Pitch 9 (6a+) Move rightward again to a flake then up the well bolted and featured slab, 35 meters.

Pitch 10 (5b) Nice rightward angling cracks, 30 meters.

View from Fair Hand Line

Descent: Follow the trail through the bushes to the right for 5 minutes. Climb above a gully and continue on trail for 5 more minutes. Then traverse down to the Funicular and walk down the stairs for 20 minutes. Fair Hands Line Decent

Gear: 4 long slings

12 quick draws

.4 / .5 / .75 / #1 / #2  BD Camalot

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