Some stories out of my climbing life...
Climbing all the Time - Chris Muench
During the last couple of weeks, after my ascent of Nagijala, I had a bit of trouble with my fingers and also I didn’t really know what route to jump in next.
So I went to Kochel a couple of more times and aside from climbing routes like “Münchner Freiheit direkt” (8b/+) and the direct version of “Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen” (8b) that I hadn’t done yet, I tried a bit on a project from Toni Lamprecht just next to Nangijala – man that feels hard.
In the rest of the time I had quite a lot to do for university and was moving to a new apartment, so I was just happy whenever I got my hands on rock.
There also was a really wet period when many crags were soaked, followed by a pretty hot period.
But as I said, for me it was mostly getting rock climbing at all together with friends that counted for me.
Then, in the second week of June - due to the weather being still warm and in addition also unstable - we decided to try Rottachberg, an area where I hadn’t been before.
And what a nice stay we had with pretty good conditions as well. In our two days there I tried “Chri-su” (8c) a couple of times and even on the first day I got really close. But I just didn’t have that tiny bit left in my forearms to get it to the anchor.
Then, on the second day, after I had quit with the idea that I might get up the route this day, I climbed to the top from the position where I had fallen and – already talking to Daniel while clipping the anchor – the hold in my hand popped off the wall and I only closely missed a massive tree in my back, turned upside down and made a big fall. Luckily Daniel is a good belayer J
After that, I wanted to jump on a 7b+ to get some other holds in my hands and – pumped as I already was – got on the wrong route and found myself on a (nevertheless beautiful) 8a+.
So that’s a day to get a podium position in my route book I would say.
The weekend after, as well as the Thursday after it (thanks to a holiday), we have been to Kochel a couple of more times, where I tried “Fengijala” (8b+) several times. But after all those days of climbing, I felt still a little exhausted and, even though I had so much fun out there, I didn’t get up it.
So let’s see what the weekend brings. The weather forecast at least lets me expect some nice sessions at the crag.