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Martin Keller - Getting Started Again (7B+ to 8A in 5 days)
Work at home or work on the train and climb a bit in between was the question last week. A quick check of the webcam in Cironico and it was clear: Work in the train! That is the very good thing about being a teacher – even if I have a lot of work right now – I am free to organize myself and use 8hrs of traveling by train to the Ticino and back home for doing some work.
Waiting in a snowstrom to get the train to sunny ticino…
Arriving in Chironico – bella Svizzera
It is always amazing how things are going on after a break. I rested during December and just started climbing again. Last week I still felt kind of weak but had a short moment of “power” going through my body. I climbed the nice left exit of “Aviator” at Paese-sector in Chironico (7B+), played around on “Souvenir” (without pocket) 8A/+ but the move into and from the undercling felt miles away. Nevertheless it was a great day out in the sun. I met travelling moon-athlete Simon Weill and friends from downunder on the boulders and it was fun to climb together on perfect Swizzy gneiss.
One week later i came back and after one hour of punting around my body kind of remembered what it was like to pull hard. I did the undercling-move and it felt just great. I rested for five minutes, chalked up, sat down, pulled through the crux and sent it. Psyched to say at least!
Later I was getting repeatedly contact on the rail of “No Mystery” which remains unclimbed after a break in December last year. I was close, but was just not able (yet) to hold the swing you get after contact. But it was a great day and I wonder what will be possible next week, should be around 8C when I can keep up the speed from last week…
And what could be better then to finish such a perfect day with a nice dinner with your lovely girlfriend