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 him...my 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