Last weekend was a DMM road show event in the Frankenjura in Germany, so I rocked up and met up with some friends from Wales and did four days of cragging, which was brilliant.
Here’s a couple of photos of Pete from the weekend.
We mainly did classic routes in the 7th grade, as it was a short trip and also very, very hot, (with a few flashes of 7c’s between the team), but Pete and I did briefly try Master Blaster – a very bouldery 8b. Pete blew it with the glory jug in his hand. Unlucky!
My favourite route was the classic Kurt Albert route of Fight Gravity, which I did on the last day, very tired and longing for cake and beer. It was super good fun, even though I felt like my arms were hanging off!
The Frankenjura is such a great place to climb, with Kellerbier and lovely cakes never too far away. It was also really nice to meet up with Sarah Seeger, a fellow Marmot climber after I had climbed a little bit with her in Wales earlier in the year.
Massive thanks to Ben from DMM – he was the man of the weekend and he did a very good job. He did very well.
Anyway – after the Frankenjura, I managed a short and extremely hot session in the Schwäbische Alb! Yeah! A quick try on the infamous ‘Snail’ was great fun and I am psyched to try it again.
This 30m route is a superb bit of limestone, graded 8b (it’s a tough one…) and it has a heart breaking last move. Brilliant. You can see a photo on 8a.nu
The Schwäbische Alb is a quiet climbing area, a little bit like the Frankenjura, in the south of Germany.
Now I’m back in Chamonix and the weather is lovely. I am super psyched at the moment for sport climbing and have loads of projects to try. The list is never ending.
To get psyched I just watched a video of Fred Rouhling on Salamandre (9a+) which is just down the road from me…[vimeo http://vimeo.com/10136458 w=600&h=338]
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