Papichulo 9a+ by Stefan Scherz two months after breaking his foot

Thursday, 2 December

Stefan Scherz, who previously has done two 9a's, has done Papichulo (9a+) in Oliana. Amazingly the 20-year-old broke his foot in September and did wear a cast until like three before he started projected it and then sent it within a week. (c) Toni Mas Buchaca

How was this fast recovery possible?
I had to wear a cast for like five weeks but it didn’t matter that much because I did lots of one foot climbing to gain fitness for the route which turned out to be a good method of training for me. I did lots of exercises to strengthen my foot again so that it works normally. As my foot got better and better, I started to climb with two feet again. Four weeks of climbing with two feet I sent Papichulo, my very first 9a+, and hopefully not the last ;)

What type of accident did you have?
I had a bike accident, where I fell unfortunately and broke my right metatarsal bone.

What is your next plan and what about comps in 2022?
I'm going back to Innsbruck to train for the upcoming World Cup season.

In 2019, the Austrian won four European Youth Cups/Championships in three disciplines.

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