25 April 2023

Babsi Zangerl ticks Pure Imagination (8c+)

Barbara Zangerl, who previously has done four routes 8c+/9a and harder, has sent Pure Imagination (8c+) in Red River Gorge, after projecting it for seven days. During her three week trip she also did Fifty words for pump (8c) and The Tube (8b+). Here is her full report from the trip with Lara Neumeier. (c) Francois Lebeau

Can you tell us more about your trip and sends in the Red?
Pure Imagination was a line I always wanted to try. Super cool sustained climbing on small holds. Such an awesome classic line. I really liked the different styles of climbing on the routes I did. At the Bob Marley cave, you have steep athletic climbing on bigger holds. (50 words for pump, ultra perm) „the Tube“ was a hidden gem somewhere in the woods which was the most technical one.

What are your next and upcoming 2023 plans?
Plans are climbing around home and in Val di Mello. We will go to this year's Melloblocco and stay a bit longer to climb on Qualido, an amazing big wall in the valley. In the fall I will go back to Yosemite valley with Lara Neumeier, climbing a classic line there El Corazon (8a) maybe. It will be Lara‘s first experience on El Cap. Excited! And I would be psyched to go back to Meltdown (8c+ trad) as well.

How is it possible to focus on so many disciplines at the same time?
For me personally this is the best way to stay motivated all the time. I can‘t really imagine focusing just on one style all the time. Maybe I would be stronger then but it would be less fun, I guess. I love all the different styles of climbing. For me, it is not all about climbing hard. I love the mental challenge in trad climbing and the adventures in big wall climbing. Climbing an easier graded route which is hard to protect can be a harder challenge compared to climbing a hard-graded sport climbing route. So it is all relative. I just really like the learning process of trying out something new.

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