This spring I was super motivated to try The Essential 9a. It wasn’t easy to catch the right conditions; very often it was humid and warm. I constantly was watching the weather forecasts…
Than two weeks ago a nice surprise! The temperatures dropped a lot.
Normally I had a lot of work for our boulder gym project “Jung’s Boulderhalle”, good that nowadays it is possible to work on the road with a notebook, so I packed the car drove to Franken.
|Finally the rock dryed a bit|
Some years ago I saw a video of Adam Ondra trying it and it looks so hard. Small pockets!! I thought I would never try it. It has small pockets, that’s not my style! Last year Gabriele Moronie tried it, he gave me the beta and I liked it a lot.
It was a lot of fun to try the route with Manu Brunn together. He looks super strong on it and I think he has good changes send it when he’s back from his USA trip. We tried the Markus Bock version which is easier than the Ondra beta. I guess the Ondra version could be 9a+.
|So hard push my fingers in the small pocket. Working the crux move that kept me from sending.|
At the weekend I meet with Alex, Adam and Daniel from Poland. I did the super nice line Super Skunk 8c and the next day Powerplay 8c. I liked the routes a lot. That was fun.
Alex got everything on his camera, so there will be a video in a while.