Julian Zanker Climbs Insonnia In Switzerland
Insonnia is a beautiful multi-pitch route in Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland. Mostly trad climbing, the route has 16 ptiches: one is rated 7c, 3 are 7a.
Three months ago I broke my wrist, so to be climbing multi-pitch routes again makes me happy and motivated. The 5am start begins with a one hour walk to the bottom of the beautiful wall. Morning light touches the summit – perfect conditions.
The first three pitches are really wet. So be it. The rest of the route awaits. And it is stunning: clean cracks, some bolts, a 40m long handcrack, vertical fantastic rock. Pitch number 10 is perhaps the most aesthetic route I have had the privilege to climb.
My partner Marcel and I are a solid team. Final pitch, 7b+ crack on a big roof, is the perfect end to a brilliant day. My hand is coming back. I love trad climbing and on my next visit to Ticino, I'd like to spend more time on multi-pitch routes.
Thanks to Arc'teryx for the support.