Thursday, 16 August 2007

Hello at last

Sorry about the lack of update. Unfortunately there was only one login available in the Frankenjura, it was utter pants and I couldn`t do blog on it. Also my old camera bust, so we have no picks from Germany, but have got a very nice replacement, so will put some picks up of elsewhere.
In the end we spent three and a bit weeks in Germany and mostly had good weather. At first I was not totally taken by the climbing in the Frankenjura, but after a week or so and visits to some of the better crags it started to grow on me and eventually I think Ive become a convert. As I was told the beer and the cakes are exceptional and the campsite is a classic among climbers campsites (excuse lack of apostrophes, I cant find them on this Swiss keyboard).
Got a fair bit done routeswise. Onsighted some 7cs and a 7c+ (Ekel at Eldorado - just like climbing on the 50 degree board). Redpointed an easy 8a+ and would have done 3 or 4 more but was thwarted by shit weather for the crucial last few days.
We have now moved on to Magic Wood in Swiss. Quite a big UK crowd out here at the moment, Joe Le Sage, Vicky Barret, Tim Stubbly, Dave Mason, Andy Banks & Emma, Keith Bradbury and more on the way. Up to now the bouldering has been great, but the weather has just crapped out and looks set to stay poor for a bit. Nothing hard bagged yet but lots on the list. Had a play on a new think today on a boulder about a mile from the main area. More like a route thank a boulder prob. Amazing line up a pair of aretes and grooves. Got to the last move but ended up reversing. Eee well, nearly a brilliant E5 6a.
Will post more when I have more time.... could be soon if the rain stays. See ya

6 comments:

James said...

glad you're having fun!
miss ya big dog!

dobbin said...

whoooo hooo! finally, my checking in on the pear of joy has borne fruit! hooray for switzerland! hooray for jon boy! boo for german camera breaking fiends.

pascal said...

Is this the thing up river that has a rather dirty topout? Crimps for your left hand and a pinch thing for your right? If so, it is a proud looking line. Danny and I had a look... but the top was very very wet and dirty. Hope the weather improves for you...

bonjoy said...

Nay it was on a boulder down the hill, next to the road, just before the bridge

pascal said...

I found out the thing I am talking about is some highball 8A ish bloc up river, perhaps ascended by dave graham. Anyway, it looks amazing! Check it out if you go back.

Tim said...

Schrootti! Got a few more days climbing in after you left, but you definitely made the right decision - weather was just settling down again when I had to leave on thursday :( hope you have a lot more fun on the rest of you trip.