Thursday, January 24, 2013

288days to go - looking back on my best and my worst climbing year ever...

february: short 2weeks escape from the cold an snowy swizzy to....
THE perfect climbing spot in winter: hueco!
having a great time with great people; alex pumping "8A+ butter" without kneepad
LOT of rad climbing and a personal highlight with a flash of "power of landjaeger 8A"
(i usually never flash anything... ;)

last day flapper on the send-go for a martini...; may i had just "too many martinis" ;)

march: back home in swizzy got in really decent shape and was able to climb some nice lines; like this one!!!

then i spent weeks on falling on the very last move of the "fisch-project"

still having a great time with nice people; dai showing footage of his FA ascent of "tsotw low" - pure PASSION!!!

end of april; finally i got MY day; after 3years i was able to do the FA of "der mit dem fels tanz, 8C". a personal epic about transforming the impossible into reality. my hardest and best boulder EVER ;)

before it was getting too warm, i was getting so close on what in fall became "insanity of grandeur, 8C" - but getting close is not getting it done... - what a LINE!!!
at the end of the season 3pads of mine (stashed in chironico) were stolen - BUMMER!!!
there is still a 600$ reward!!!

may: i wanted to check for the "highlander-project" at susten. but the area was still in DEEP snow...

so we went to magic wood for some good food and bouldering ;)
where i managed to kill my finger while getting close on "from shallow waters to riverbed, 8B+"

in july my finger was slowly getting better and i was on to a very "special" trip to the infamous rocklands, sa

back home i was on two short but nice trips to where the best beer comes from: "frankenjura" ;)
and managed to fail once again so very close on one of the best compression-boulders ever : "riot act, 8B+"

late october finally brought sending-temps to sustenpass where i managed to do a super nice FA of "kein schneehäschen 8B/+"

and then after 8years of trying back and forth the "highlander-project" at sustenpass i finally had that one try where i climbed into the crux with power left and no frozen fingers - going for the last moves i KNEW i would climb it - well my hamstrings had other plans....
instead of toping out into glory i went down to the pads with a complete avulsion of my hamstrings, after surgery i spent the last 8weeks of the year lying around in bed an walking on crutches.

it was a crazy year - the best and worst can be so close - but 2013 started great, i am able to walk again and i will be back on (easy) rock in summer - good perspectives are everything ;)

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