PETIT DRU

Posted on: June 1, 2003


Stanislaw Piecuch (left) and Grzegorz Skorek on Pitch 10 of their new route, Home Speed Home (V 5.9 A3, 1100m), on the west face of the Petit Dru. The route involved seventeen new pitches of climbing. [Photo] Janusz Golab

Petit Dru, Home Speed Home, New Route. Between February 18 and 23, Janusz Golab, Stanislaw Piecuch and I established a new route on the west face of the Petit Dru. The route starts right of the American Direct (ED1 5.10+, 1100m, Hemming-Robbins, 1962). We negotiated several roofs on the lower section to arrive at a large ledge system before eventually joining the American Direct on Pitch 17. After seven pitches on that route, we traversed left to the northwest pillarof the Petit Dru, reaching the summit in eight pitches. We had six beautiful sunny days of climbing on good rock and spent one night in the portaledges and the other four on snow ledges. We found this route prime for a winter ascent and named it Home Speed Home (5.9 A3, 1100m).

— Grzegorz Skorek, Gliwice, Poland

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