Edu Marin has been working on a 14-pitch mega route in Getu Valley, China, on and off for most of the year.
This spring, he worked with a few partners to equip the monster roof route. He then spent some time in Canada and Europe and is currently back in China working on what will be the most difficult multi-pitch sport route anywhere.
Called Valhalla, the 400-metre overhanging line climbs horizontally across the roof and was established ground up. Marin has described the outing as “the largest roof in the world and one of the most beautiful lines ever.”
Alex y yo no sabíamos si era posible abrir una linea por el medio de aquel techo con el fin de escalarlo en libre, todo eran incógnitas y solo existía un modo de averiguarlo… ⠀ ⠀ Este es el resultado de meses de duro trabajo, equipando, escalando y sobre todo tratando de encontrar la línea mas lógica, bonita y natural. ⠀ Ahora Valhalla ya es una realidad y estoy inmerso en otro proceso, el intento de liberación con el mejor equipo: @alexmarinclimb & @novatomarinrueda ⠀ Concepto: @wearequericomambo ⠀ ⠀ ——————————————————— ⠀ We, Alex and I, didn't know whether or not setting up a line through this roof to free climbing it afterwards was possible. Everything was unknown and there was only a way to find out… ⠀ This is the result of months of hard work, setting up the line, climbing and trying to find to design the most logical, beautiful and natural line. ⠀ Now, Valhalla is a reality and I'm totally in on the process of free climbing it with the best team: @alexmarinclimb & @novatomarinrueda ⠀ Concept: @wearequericomambo ⠀ Thanks to: ⠀ @petzl_official @borealoutdoor @climbatcenters @entreprisesclimbing @goproes @kuikmeal @ttrinternational
“I had never before tried to release a multi-pich of this caliber, to climb for hours on that roof is wild,” said Marin. “The roof is about 250 metres long.”
“It’s a crazy a 3D climb and of course extremely physical. It has several pitches of 5.14 and one 5.15a. I am very happy to have bolted this monster.”
Marin will surely be putting a lot of time into freeing the complete route in a push this season.