Sunday, 30 October 2011

Autumn in Tirol

Tyrol is the best place to hang around in autumn. The weather is stable, sunny but not too hot. Stew and I spent as much time as possible on the rock. During our France trip I built a good level of stamina and managed to climb my hardest route ever; "Fortuna" 8b in Nassereith. This route is powerful, tricky and a fair bit of stamina is required. At first it felt impossible for me, consequently it felt even better to be able to climb it.
Last week I managed to climb my 4th 8b named "a g'sunde Watschn" in an fairly new area in Oetztal. In comparison to Fortuna, this route was more my style and I climbed it quite fast. However, it is almost November now and the opportunities to climb routes on the rock will slowly be over.
(photos are all from Elias Holzknecht in Niederthai: Stew on "passport to honesty 8c" and me on "le miracle 7b").

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Woldchampionship Arco, Adidas Rockstars and BWC Munich

Arco: The world championship in Arco was a great event unfortunately it ended for me already after the qualification round with a close 23nd place. For Stew the competition was more successful and he finished with a strong 9th place. But the winner of the day was Anna after a rickety semi-final she crushed the final and won.

Adidas Rockstars: Amazing show. I climbed a strong quali-round but semi did not go so well, but once again Stew climbed really strong and was able to rock in the final. Congrats!

BWC Munich: The preparation for this comp was mainly doing routes outside and try to work on some stamina. However I felt stronger than before. The competition was really enjoyable and I climbed to my best result this season (11th). Now its time for the rope...

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Worldcupseason 2011

The preparation for this year’s competition season started off really well and I had a lot of confidence to improve my performance from last year. Finally the first Worldcup in Milan approached. Few days before the competition I was suffering from a bad stomach flu and only decided to compete on the day of travelling. Considering the circumstances I climbed alright and finished 22nd. Unfortunately my body was not totally ready for the heavy workload and I inflamed a tendon in my finger, which troubled me throughout the season. Stew climbed really well in the qualification round, but a few hours later he caught as well the stomach flu and could not climb in the Semi-final- DAMN!

Log Dragomer- 24th. That was the low point this season and my finger injury. I felt distracted throughout the whole competition.

Vienna – 20th Good start, amazing run in the qualification round. Semi-final not my style.

Eindhoven -22nd tried hard.

Barcelona- 12th. Wow finally a good result, the comp with my unfinished top attempts.

Sheffield- 18th my worst semi-final, everything went wrong.

Munich....coming soon!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Trainingslager Fountainebleau

March saw the Austrian Bouldering Team (Anna,Katha, Babsy, Kili, Lu, Heiko, Klaus, and myself) plus Stew hit Fontainebleau for 10days to prepare for the up and coming season. Except for Kili, Fontainebleau was almost new to everybody. As the weather was unusually dry, we attempted as many blocs as possible during the day but couldn't attempt everything we wanted as there are just not enough hours in the day. To complete the training we even found some time to meet Jacky in the French military training base to pull on some interesting style problems that he'd set.