Chris Rauch and Matilda Soderlund great!

One 8C FA for the Austrian climber and the first 8B boulder for Matilda

27 April 2020

From Zillertal to Sweden, great bouldering ascents are back!

 

As the days go by, the different countries begin to loosen the lockdown measures and the climbers return to the rock after weeks of intense home training and with a great desire to pull the hold relentlessly!

Among these, Christof Rauch, who returns to the boulders of his Zillertal to send a project discovered last year in the Zemmschlucht sector and which adds a connection to the 8B+ of Nussknacker sit: here is how Total Blackout, a new 8C.

Below is the story of Christof, taken from his Instagram post:

“A dream came true! For sure the hardest line in my home valley and a real power-endurance testpiece! Started the journey 5 years ago with the FA of „Nussknacker sit“ (8B+). Back then the start from further left wasn‘t possible due to a lot of stuck driftwood. Last year most of the driftwood was finally gone. I put away the rest and found some perfectly shaped holds. After two sessions I did the FA of „Black Water“ (8A+) but linking this into „Nussknacker“ wasn't realistic at that time because of a lack of fitness after my finger injury. Nevertheless I was willing to put in the necessary work. I did a few sessions last autumn and a few more this spring. Then I got stopped by the lockdown in middle of March. But with this goal in my mind I trained really hard at home. One month later the restrictions got less and I was able to try it again. Can’t be more happy and proud to make the first ascent of this great line.”

  

From Austria we move to Sweden, in the Nockeby area outside Stockholm, where the strong Matilda Soderlund reaches another great milestone: after the first 9a,climbed last year in Frankenjura, she now also sends her first 8B boulder! On Instagram, Matilda reports that she managed to climb Armstrong Assis, 8B in fact.

 

News: Instagram

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