Thursday, 2 June 2011

1 week in Zillertal, Austria

Here's a brief post on our antics in Zillertal, Austria.

We arrived last week Wednesday and met up with the "Crazy Austrian" Dominic and headed to a climbing area in Ginsling. Chris flashed his first 7B!

Next day we climbed in Zillergrund Wald. With Dominic as our guide we climbed some classics! Crocodile 6C (Chris flashed), a really nice overhanging 6C+ (Chris flashed and Greg got close to flashing but got it second attempt) and Chris climbed another 7B (close to flashing).

Friday: We headed to McD's as it was raining extremely hard and bought a new green tarp (we could never replace Blue Tarp though -RIP). Dominic decided to abandon us as the weather was not looking good for Saturday...but he left us a bbq sausage (Frankfurter, wrapped in bacon filled with cheese...divine!) each. Good times! We spent the evening watching 7 Years in Tibet and then the laptop battery died watching Thor...we cried as Natalie Portman vanished from the monitor...NO!!!

Saturday: We got snowed in and had no gas or matches! Somehow we survived!

Sunday: Went to Sondergrund. Hiked 20mins up a mountain (Chris not happy...). Chris climbed a 7B in the worst possible conditions (direct sunlight on a slopey problem) and climbed the classic Moonwalk 7A+ (the boulder on the cover of the Zillertal guide). Greg does not climb well in baked conditions...

Monday: Gary (the 11kg grey gas canister!) was purchased and will hopefully solve our gas issues for the rest of the trip. We love him very much and has been warmly welcomed to Team Operation Beastmaker as the 3rd member. We try and avoid paying the E7.60 toll buy putting on dark sunglasses and looking like lost tourists...we fail. Scenes of the toll woman running after our van, screaming in German, will always make us laugh!
 We love GARY!!!

Tuesday: CRUSHFEST!!! The classic 7B, Fire with Fire, is firstly flashed by Chris (without warming up at all - SORRY DOMINIC!!! You shouldn't have told me it couldn't be done! This was Dominic's first 7B so it held special significance for bad! haha!) then laid to waste, first go by Greg after working it the previous evening. We then head into the forest and crush a beautiful 7A and Chris DE-stroys a 7B+/ 7C.
 Fire with Fire - Flashed!

 "Sweet" dynamic 7A
 Chris on 7B+ / 7C

Wednesday: Photo session and Chris gets spanked off a 7A+...shi-times!

Thursday: Approach cam and tandem ascents filmed in Zillergrund Wald.

We're now off to Magic Wood, Switzerland. We've had enough of sitting in McD's...


Greg and Chris


  1. Gary is looking a bit weighty, you guys need to get him training! lol
    Glad Dominic came through and met you:-) It looked like you enjoyed yourselves despite getting snowed in! Keep in up and look forward to seeing what you get up to in Magic Woods:-)

    Namaste Cherry x

  2. Hey guys, can't find any of you on facebook, chris gratulations for flashing firer with firer, and aspetialy to you greg, i did not realy went bouldering since ever, your pictures make me hungry ( doing some routes) Lost my mobile phone again.
    I don't come home often from the military servis, well to get it on the point, add me on facebook.
    Dominik preis

  3. Hey Cherry! Gary is quite aware of his weight and is trying his best to keep up with us. He doesn't weigh 11kgs anymore as we have left him on over night a few we have managed to kill ourselves due to gas inhalation is anybodies guess!
    Hope you and Darren are well. Really miss the Mello Times!

  4. Hey Dom!
    Howzit going bro! Hope you're well!
    Thanks man! I told you I was going to do it! haha! We should have bet!
    It is hard to find me on FB. I have changed my name slightly so if you search Chris Dubya Edwards you should find me. Are you on yet?
    You need to e-mail those pics to me bro! You should have my e-mailed address.
    Look after yourself man!