Winter 2010/11

There is not a lot to tell about the last winter… A good deal of stress at university and horrible weather, so I barely climbed outside. Over New Years Holiday, we went to Ticino for a quick escape from arctic Germany. Driving through the Gotthardo-Tunnel felt like someone had invented colours again: After not having seen the sun for 6 weeks, it was very nice to see the blue sky again! Even the brown and green hills of Ticino looked quite bright compared to the very limited range of colours of white (snow), grey (old snow, Nebel, rain) and black (wet streets, wet trees,…) back home.

I tried many things and didn’t really send anything besides Fantoman, which is my 100th (or 101th?) 7C (and harder). Here is a video a friend made.

Fantoman fb7c, Doro Karalus from Horst Claus on Vimeo.

PS: Climbing starts at 00:45;)

some impressions:


South Africa 2010

Last summer was the first time during my studies that I had a 6 weeks long semester break! So I wanted to do something special and in the end we decided for a trip to Cederberg Mountains (aka Rocklands) in South Africa. The longest lasting impressions of this trip: the colours! Everything ist so colourful and bright, you just have to be happy there! Plus, you can have ‘real holiday’ (aka not freezing your ass off every night) AND good conditions for climbing. It also was my first time travelling alone (the last 4 weeks): A quite interesting experience, you meet so many new people. It also was good for my french;) I found some nice projects, but mostly did tons of moderates as its not easy to work on a project if you are travelling alone. I had a great time and definitely wanna come back!

South Africa, 2010
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pictures of springbok by Frank Enz (

US Trip 2009/10

some pics from my trip through the USA in 2009/10:

months: 6
visited bouldering areas: >10
boulder problems 7A and up: 91
routes: 0 (we didn’t even bring a rope) πŸ™‚
temperatures: subzero every night
result: dreams about my bed at home, 1 healthy ankle less, so many new friends!

some pictures:
US Trip 2009/10 part 1
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US Trip 2009/10 part 2
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