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Harz – Bouldering in the Okertal

Donnerstag, Juni 5th, 2008

I had planned for some time now to head down to the Harz in order to get the bouldering going again, which I have neglected this year so far. The weather seemed ideal, not too warm and not to cold, and thus I cycled bravely the 60 or 65 km to the Studentenklippen. Unfortunately it was extremely windy, so the ride was anything but pleasureable – on top I missed the darn parking spot again, thus losing valuable time.

I had somehow hoped to meet other boulderers there, perhaps being allowed to use a crashpad or join in, but I was the only one there. So I had no choice but to look for easy problems, which I could surely manage without crashes or other mishaps. That wasn’t as easy as it sounds – even if I found more boulders than the last time, most of the time I spent swaggering about the rocks.

Nevertheless, I found a few problems I could try, the highlight was „Nostromo“ at the Alien boulder. In addition to the few new ones, I repeated some of the ones I had already done.

The idea to go there wasn’t bad in itself, but I had left home much too late, had too little time and was too done in to enjoy the outing properly. And without a crashpad and someone spotting you the risk of injury is just too high.

Hannover – Escaladrome

Samstag, März 22nd, 2008

Easter – we had hoped for good weather and the chance to climb outside… but instead, winter came back with a vengeance.  We wanted to visit a few friends in Hannover after climbing, so we decided to go the Escaladrome rather than Campo, since it is about 10 km less to cycle. We haven’t been bouldering for ages, but surprisingly it went rather well. Rikita was doing very well, considering that she had always been rather scared, as jumping off isn’t really her cup of tea. I did alright too, and realised that technically I have really improved a lot since my summer session there.

We decided to go there more often, to get more variety into our repertoire of moves and being forced more to read routes and figure out where to go before we actually start the problem.