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Das Schwert 8C by Stephan Rest

Sunday, 22 November

Das Schwert 8C by Stephan Rest

Stephan Rest has done his first 8C, Das Schwert in Hammerhöhle after some 18 sessions spread out over five months. It was put up by Klem Loskot. "

Projecting this boulder was pretty hard due to its location on the corner of a cave. You never knew if it would be dry or wet. As it got colder and colder I got closer to sending the boulder but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to send it this year. When the temperature were low and the boulder was completely dry I knew I had to send it. And I did. It is 12 moves to the top and the hardest move is to a slopy crimp and then bumping into a bad undercling and placing your foot to the same height as the hand."

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Rubtsov and the Russians dominate in Moscow

Sunday, 22 November

Rubtsov and the Russians dominate in Moscow

Aleksei Rubtsov won the qualification in the Europan Bouldering Championship scoring 35 in six tries. (c) Nikita Tsarev

Anze Peharc and Vadim Timonov had the same scoring using seven respectively eight tries. In total, there were five Russian on Top-11. Complete results

In total, there were 43 guys competing with the Speed qually and final winners shared the last position scoring nothing. The semi starts tomorrow at 8 am. It will be very interesting to see if all guys focusing on Tokyo 2021, will do as many tries as they use to or if they will make less attempts in order to save their skin?

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Sunday, 22 November

Baraschuk and Boldyrev Euro Speed Champs

Ekaterina Barashchuk of Russia and Danyil Boldyrev of Ukraine won two extremely tight battles, getting the 2020 European Speed titles. Among the non-Speed specialists, Sascha Lehmann and Petra Klingler were best at #12 with 7.29 respectively #7 with 8.59. This was a new PB by Petra and she is now second after Miho Nonaka (8.43) among the non-Speed specialists. Complete results.

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Conquerer 8A+ by Lucie Hrozova

Saturday, 21 November

Conquerer 8A+ by Lucie Hrozova

Lucie Hrozova, who has 14 medals from Ice WCs, has done her second 8A+, Conquerer in Sklapsko. Video on her Insta. Amazingly, the 32-year-old who has done the possibly hardest mix route in the world, Saphira M15-, started to boulder in May.

"I climbed and competed mostly in ice climbing the last years and a lot of mix and drytooling. Three years ago I had very serious surgery of my shoulder. I needed pitons, reconstruction of labrum, biceps and plastic of cartilage, and since then ice climbing is for me very painfull. As I can't do it (but I still believe I will return one day), I started to do more climbing with fingers instead of ice axes. Last year I managed to send my first 8c. Anyway I had this year again some medical issue with compartment syndrome, and with this syndrom it is very hard to climb routes. In May I started with bouldering. First I started just because I had to, because of the corpartment, but lately I really have found it very nice and I kind of fell in love with it."

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Demon 9a+/b FA by Loic Zehani (18)

Saturday, 21 November

Demon 9a+/b FA by Loic Zehani (18)

Loic Zehani, who previously has done 23 routes 9a and harder, has made the FA of Demon 9a+/b in Orgon. The 18-year-old did his first 9a five years ago and has done a total of 13 FAs, 9a and harder.

"A great line that starts in "Sachidananda" then joins the "Bronx" with a new hard and natural hard link-up. A big fight and great conditions were necessary to send this 55 movements monster of resistance. The first 20 movements are ultra powerful (7C+ boulder in "Sachi" and 8A boulder connecting with Bronx). For the difficulty I suggest 9a+/b because it is still significantly harder than Sachidananda 9a+, 😜😉."

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Riverbed 8B by Tiba Vroom

Saturday, 21 November

Riverbed 8B by Tiba Vroom

Tiba Vroom, who did her first 8A+ last month, has done Riverbed 8B in Magic Wood. Four months ago she had 7C as her personal best but during the last two months, mainly spent in Magic, she has done eigth boulders 8A and harder. (c) Hannes Kutza

"Best line I've ever tried, what a legendary boulder. So incredibly psyched to get this done! I just felt like I hadn't reached my limit yet in rock climbing so I decided to stay in Magic Wood to try a really hard project. The line Riverbed immediately caught my attention when I saw it for the first time, and when I saw the video of Alex Puccio climbing it I was really inspired and I knew I would enjoy the moves. At first I thought it would be too hard for me now and I needed a lot of time to do it, but when I had worked out all the moves, I saw it becoming possible more and more. I decided to give it my all and try to climb it this trip. In the end I think it was mostly a mental battle and I'm so happy I could pull through and send this dreamline!

Normally I don’t go bouldering by myself, always with my boyfriend and coach, but he couldn’t stay as long unfortunately. But because it was my only chance to climb outdoors with all the corona restrictions and also no competitions I decided to stay by myself in my bus.

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Neuron 9a+ FA by Roland Hemetzberger

Saturday, 21 November

Neuron 9a+ FA by Roland Hemetzberger

Roland Hemetzberger reports on Insta that he has done the FA of Neuron 9a+ in Achleiten. Stefan Fürst bolted it some 25 years ago which has an 8c+ start and then you continue in the exit of an 9a called The Void. The 29-year-old living in Innsbruck has previously done seven routes 8c+/9a or harder out of which five in Achleiten. "After Qui 9a+ this is my hardest route so far."

Roland is also a very accomplished multi-pitch and trad climber always looking for adventures. The picture by Stefan Kühn is from another project. He is also projecting a new multipitch project at Wilder Kaiser which will be harder than WOGÜ 8c which he sent two years ago.

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