Video Episode 3 – South Africa

Boom here we go. South Africa edit live for you. At the moment I stay in Western Australia and the next travel episode is already in the make wellen wave video trick travel tip surf stay shred safari route ride reserve red kite king jeffrey hostel Goldfish garden game club climb capetown bull board big bay air addo action  Lennart Schulenburg Kite surf board pro stay tuned of more action and till then enjoy the others. Cheerio and keep ripping!

 

New climbing pictures

In the last posts I promised to update my gallery section with the newest climbing pictures as soon as I got everything together. And here we go: Yesterday I got the pictures of Jörg Schwarze (verticalimage.de) with the friendly permission to share them on my page. We didn’t spend a lot of time to create THE perfect pictures but he took some perfect snapshots! Impressive pictures with a very good composition. But now I stop talking and let the images speak. I appended a few to this post. The others can be found in the gallery section! Enjoy and check out Jörgs page for more pictures.

 

Urbanapes climbing marathon

As promised I will publish a small review of the climbing marathon competition at the urban apes climbing gym in Lübeck. It basically was a endurance competition, were you had six hours time to climb as many routes as possible. Each route gave 13 points (average height) plus the UIAA grade. Toprope and lead had no influence on the points. Also important is that it was a team competition and both had to climb every route.

 

I was competing with Lorenz Langfeld as the team “No Rest No Fun” and we managed to climb 89 routes, which means nearly 1300m. Our aim was to crack the 100 routes but that was not possible in just six hours. Anyways we crushed at the competition and made, with over 12 routes more than the second, the first place. As this competition was about fun anyways the biggest pleasure was to see the 30 teams in action on the walls. It was such a nice atmosphere and everybody was really psyched!

 

Afterwards everybody stayed for a video session, self cooked soup and a couple of beers. This is what I call a nice climbing event for everybody. Well organized and done by the staff of urban apes and because of all participating teams a full success. Let’s hope for more events of this type! You can check the recent pictures from Jörg (vertical image) out or visit the urban apes facebook page for rankings, pictures and a video. I will also post some pictures of the competition soon!

Winter activities

Hey guys it has been quite a while since my last post, I really apologize to those who read this blog. It has been a really intense and busy time during the winter. I will give you a brief overview what happened since the last post:

It started with a insane week with two concerts and the Nitro Circus show. I’ve been to the german bands “Tote Hosen” and Seed, first making some really good rock and the second deluxe reggae. It was a big big party at the stadion. The week after was the Nitro Circus, thanks again to Red Bull who sponsored the tickets and to Wet n Wire! Such a sick show Travis Pastrana and his guys pushed themselves to the max on the BMX and Motocross bikes – nice to see other crazy people in action. Gave me some inspiration!

 

The next episode in my winter was a 26km run around the lake of Ratzeburg. Finished as the 156./ 1700 with round about two hours. Pretty stoked about this result as I am not the best runner. Anyways it was such a nice event with so many sportive people pushing themselves. The event had some perfect vibes and was a pleasure to participate. The next days after the wind and the temperatures where a last time quite ok and I went for two days kiting in Pelzerhaken. Enjoyed to be on the board again and worked a lot on my tricks to blind, the SBend pass and my Blind Judge.

 

The time after this was characterized by the university. Having a lot of projects and homework keeping me really busy. I tried to stay fit with boxing and training in the climbing gym, for my next trip after christmas. And this was really one of the highlights this winter. I took the plane with Lorenz to the JoSoTo camp in Turkey, near Antalya. This climbing camp is a little bit remote in the mountains and has a lot of rock in 5 to 20 minutes walking distance. It was really one of the best places i’ve been for climbing. During the day around 20 to 25 degree and nice weather and during the night minus grades. Too bad we slept in a tent hehe. Anyways I was able to push my limits in rock climbing a lot. Onsighted a 8-/8 and was checking out 9- routes. Gonna crack this grade this year for sure. I will append some pictures of the rock to this post so you can check them out. In the gallery section you will find some more. Just a little recommendation: You should definitely check this place out when you are in climbing. It’s really worth the travel and just the camp itself is a nice pace with awesome people!

 

 

Ok so far so good – this was my winter for now. At the moment I am dominated by university as the exams come closer and many projects need to be done. But I’ve got a climbing contest on Saturday and I am planning my one year trip after I finished studies in August. So you will be able to read another post regarding this stuff pretty soon so stay tuned!

 

Climbing in El Chorro

Just arrived in Hamburg from El Chorro in Spain and back to studies again. Starting the last year of university – hamdullah! This semester wont be too harsh luckily and I’ve got a lil free time. My climbing trip also was a big success, Tobis climbing lodge is a really nice place and the surrounding is just awesome for climbers. Thousands of routes in half an hour driving distance. The first part of the trip I was giving a course with the HI-KGB and tought teachers how to handle their students on class trips to the rocks. After the course I had a couple of chances to push my own limit and to climb like hell hehe. Pushed it to a 8- onsight and a 8 red point which is quite a good progress. We also did other fun stuff like waterlining, deep water solo and cliff diving. Also the Spanish attitude is really cool and we spend some nice nights at bars around El Chorro enjoying a beer or two, while listening to live music.

 

 

So the next days are more or less reserverd to get the new semester started, but then the fun stuff kicks in again. Surf weekend with my dudes, Nitro Circus, Seed Concert, Tote Hosen concert and a wellness weekend with my family. Pretty stoked of all these nice stuff ahead. Also check out my gallery section for the newest pics from the trip.

 

Fall storms and climbing

It has been quite a time since my last post as I was really busy getting all my university exams done which was a big time sink. And right after the last exam was over we had some big fall storms kicking in. One of the best time of the year where it was possible to kite at least 4 days a week and in between some sick Bigdays. These days on the water helped me a lot to do some nice progression landing more and more tricks in variations, like to blind and wrapped and I finally managed to land some more Blind Judges, Sbend passes and other stuff thats really on top of my level.

 

For the next 10 days I will be off to El Chorro in Spain for a freecliming trip – assisting in a outdoor course to each some guys how to teach rock climbing and of course climbing for my own on this nice rock! So you probably wont read anything for the next two weeks here, but stay tuned as I will do a big post with pics and maybe a small vid about the whole trip when I am back. Stay safe and rip hard!

Video Feature by Rebel.TV

Finally something new here. really need to apologize, my university is keeping me ver very busy for some more days. It is exam time and I am basically learning every day. Anyways rebel.TV finished my feature the last days. Pretty cool stuff I think. If you like it hit share please.

 

 

Rock climbing and waterlining

Finally found some time for a little entry here, had some very busy days behind me. Basicly I have a lot to do learning for my exams at the university. Got a lot of courses that want a lot of attention this semester haha. Anyways found some time to get on the rock of the Ith last week. We had four days on the camping ground in Lüerdissen. During the day climbing in the shade, as the sun was really burning like hell and afterwards getting to the nearby lake, spanning a waterline and having some dinner. To put it in a nutshell a intense weekend, which pushed my climbing a lot as I managed to do some of the classics over there.

 

After I got back I spend some days in Lübeck, learning and doing some fun stuff like spanning some 25m waterlines at a public lake. Still now pretty stoked about the feeling when you finish the never ending walk above the water. Got some people dropping in and watching the spectacle. We also spanned a 10m line for beginners to get the people into the addictive world of slack lining.

 

And in the next days we got some fun events for you. I will be in Pelzerhaken for the next two days working behind the bar for the Surfers Afterglow party – Ready to serve you some delicious Cuba Libre hehe and on Sunday there will be a SUP charity contest called Stand Up 4 Kids. I hope to see you all there guys, now have to get back to learning.

 

Rumble at the climbing gym

As you read before this weekend was the first Elbmoves boulder cup and the summer party at the Nordwandhalle climbing gym in southern Hamburg. We started Saturday with the bouldering contest – 80 new boulders in diverse difficulties. There were insane 150 climbers competing at the contest and we also had some pro guys there. The hardest 20 boulders you made in a qualification time of 5 hours were counted in your score.

 

I managed to get on the 24. place, a pretty good achievement, as I am not really a boulderer and didn’t train that much. The finals were sick, seeing these good guys solving the unsolvable problems – had a competitive contest atmosphere that pushed everybody a lot.

 

On Sunday we started of with some lead climbing on the new outdoor walls. Nice, long climbs in the sun, feels much better than inside. Later a professional Highliner was performing inside and giving Slackline workshops for walking and jumping on the line. Nice input to work on your own slack skills. To round up the climbing day we finished our sore bodies with a last intense boulder session.

 

After being totally destroyed the Globetrotter Reel Rock Film Tour took place at the gym. We watched some sick climbing and slack movies and I really enjoyed the atmosphere with some many people of the same attitude. This is how a summer party of a climbing gym should be. Nice work of the organization, big thanks to everybody, who was involved.

 

As a little side notice, we made a lot of new pictures, thanks to Neele Kunka for taking them out of the wall, I added them to my climbing album and on Facebook. If you are interested you should have a look.

 

 

 

Climbing trip to Norway

Just arrived home from Norway and still so stoked about the landscape and nature. If you stand in these big valleys you can still feel the power of the ice masses that were forging the scenery. It polished granite faces up to one kilometer hight into the hills, that were just waiting to get climbed by us.

 

And this is what out trip was about – having just a rope and some safety tools as our equipment and getting from bottom to top. We had unbelievable nice climbs, ranging from 40 to 700 meters. The style to climb this blank granite faces is to rely on pure friction to carefully pace up the wall. This was totally new for me as I mostly use power over technique to solve climbing problems, In Norway it was all about superior footwork and body balance.

 

We were living in a nice small lodge on a camping ground at a fast going river in northern Setesdal. A nice base to reach some of the best climbs in the valley. The weather was mostly stable and we had the chance to get 5 of 6 days on the walls – the weather is not always like this.

 

So back to Germany there is a bunch of things to do. Next weekend I will do a fun Bouldercup at the Nordwandhalle called “Elbmoves” and we will have a slack line event at the same place. All this is combined with the new Reel Rock Tour, which will show us the newest climbing movies. Sounds like a lot of fun! Hope to see you over there. I will also announce some big and nice news the next days so make sure to look in here every now and then. And in the end I am praying for wind, we really need some more this year!