Entre-Prises sponsored professional climber Edu Marín has been immersed in a magnificent project in China during the last two months: bolting the biggest roof in the world.
After fifty days of challenging work with his brother Alex, Valhalla Project (350 metres) is no longer a dream, but a reality. The athlete describes the adventure as «one of the most incredible and exhausting experiences of his sports career. Sportingly speaking it has been a total challenge since I did not know if it was possible to bolt a logical and natural route that would cross that huge roof to be able to climb it later in free. I am very happy with the work we have done; I think it will be a way to make history not only because of its difficulty, but because of the quality of the route and its fun and three-dimensional style.
Getu’s Great Arch, also called Shuiyanba Dong or Chuangshang Cave, is located in Getu Valley National Park (China) and is well-known as Heaven for rock climbers. It is one of the hardest multipitches on the planet and the biggest roof in the world. Edu Marín is planning to come back in October to free climb the biggest arch in the world, a 350 metres multipitch, with 14 pitches and an approximate difficulty of 9a.
This monster has been baptized by the two brothers as ‘Valhalla’, described by Edu as «the room where warriors who died with honour in battle would rest according to Viking mythology. Without doubt a route for real warriors of the rock.».
When we ask Edu about how he has trained since childhood for this project he responds: «I remember when I was training in 2006 for Chamonix World Cup, the climbing gym where I used to train every day was a very small one, including a 3×3 metres overhang and a huge roof where I spent hours spinning around and training strength. A few months later I achieved my first victory during Chamonix World Cup. From that moment, I understood that I had to enjoy every step I took and improve to be even better. Roofs and overhangs are my favourite styles, for that reason I felt that the roof of Getu was waiting for me to try to bolt the world’s longest overhanging roof climb.»
Edu Marín discovered Getu’s Great Arch thanks to Petzl’s Rock Trip back in 2011. Since then, he had always dreamed of going to Getu to bolt a route through the center roof of the Arch. He knew that it may be something impossible but the only way to discover its possibilities was to travel to China and explore that huge roof.
Congratulations Edu, you’ve done it!