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Smells like Alpine-Spirit
This year I started my outdoor season in Gorge du Verdon. After one week of multipitch-climbing every boulder, and every sportsclimb felt simply like a joke (not because I was too strong, but because of the height). So this summer, as I got injured at my finger too, I was in the perfect mood to try alpine routes.As I spend most of my „climbing-career“ in bouldering and sportsclimbing it is pretty exciting to climb in an alpine area as Rätikon.Already after 2 days there, I found a „new“ passion. Over the years I got stronger in climbing, but never went seriously to alpine stuff. And u can believe me: it’s like starting climbing again (at least on the first days).Just few days ago I had to lead my first route – from the bottom to the top. Hell, u can not believe how proud I was about myself not starting to cry and getting more and more used to climb mostly all parts „just“ with my feet. It was amazing to see, how small the „holds“ and how flat the steps can be – and you’re still not falling. I learned to trust more my feet – which is a huge, huge, huge plus for climbing in everyway!And another factor comes with climbing in alpine rock: the protection. As the routes are minimalistic bolted, you need to trust more in you’re abilities. Putting you’re own protection-things in the rock, there where u need it, or to say better: there where to rock allows you to protect – this is simply amazing. When you climb 10 meters with no bolt, you are so focused on every move and check out every hold you’re taking. You have to be fully conscious about every move you’re making. This is just crazy and in the same way u have to be conscious about your body, you need to be conscious about the way you’re choosing. If you take the wrong way it’s not like you’re just giveaway an onsight. No! It can be very dangerous. As u maybe know: it’s better not to fall in alpine routes. J In this way I also want to say thanx to all bolters that are respecting that alpine climbing is not sportsclimbing.