Stefan Glowacz frees Golden Shower
It took seven years for Stefan Glowacz to open his big project in Verdon, France. The line was first discovered by late Kurt Albert and then bolted by Glowacz. Both Germans worked on the route for some time, unsuccessfully. For various reasons, Glowacz took a break and abandoned the project for a while. He came back to the Verdon Gorge this year with a clear aim to finish what he has started. The German, who received the special award of Climbing Ambassador by Aquafil during this year’s Arco Rock Legends gala, managed to free each pitch and he will probably be back in France soon to send the entire line.
Stefan Glowacz on Golden Shower
(photo: Klaus Fengler)
So what does Golder Shower look like exactly? The route consists of four pitches graded as follows: 7a+, 8b+, 8b+, 7c+, in the exposition typical of Verdon. Summing up, it gives 150 meters of old school (in the most positive sense) climbing meaning technical movement and runouts :-)