Last year, Petzl sponsored “RocTrip China 2011”, during which a group of climbers from the East and West put up more than 250 new multi- and single pitch routes in the Gétù Valley in southwest China. As you can see, the area is breathtaking, with massive limestone walls containing interesting pockets and stalactites. One of the most remarkable new routes is La Voie du Milieu (The Middle Route), which goes 250m up in 8 pitches, the hardest single pitch coming in at 8b+/5.14a. This video chronicles the creation and first ascent of this awesome new route.
This video shows some of the other climbs and scenery in this astonishing area.
A .pdf guidebook has been produced for Gétù, you can download it here.
Here’s a a slideshow of photos from the event via Petzl’s Flickr: