Newly established drytooling area in the Demänovská valley. Drytooling is a form of rock climbing in which ice axes and crampons are used to climb rock. Instead of using hands to rock climb, the climber hooks ice axes onto holds and pockets. Climbing Ertoid requires a lot of power and endurance. The climbing area consists of a wide limestone overhang which is only about ten metres high but it is very steep, with a short roof on its top.
Climbing here is permitted all year round. The wide overhang protects against rain but when there are heavy rains, water runs down over it. There are quickdraws clipped to the bolts during the winter months but they are removed in summer.
Climbing permitted: all year round, the exception is valid until 2022
No. of routes: 22
Difficulty: D5+ – D12
Length of routes: 5 – 15 m
Approach: 5 min.
Take the Demänovská dolina exit from the D1 highway and continue to the parking lot in front of the Demänovská Ice Cave (Demänovská ľadová jaskyňa). From there walk the asphalt road past the RiverSide hotel and then take the footpath on the left side of the creek. It will take you 5 minutes to get to a high distinctive wide overhang with quickdraws.
Description: 5 stainless steel rivets + abseil chain.
The easiest route ideal for getting acquainted with drytooling. There are deep pockets in a steep rock wall. SUE and the neighbouring route Snaživec are suitable for warm-up climbs.
Foto: Marek Černý
See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.