Why we love sand paper – #showlovetoyourskin

We’ve almost made it – it’s already March and the season in which we spend countless hours in climbing gyms, tiny bouldering caves and strength training rooms is drawing to a close. On top of well-known muscle and joint soreness and fatigue, skin problems such as pink fingertips, scratches and abrasions on your hands, shredded skin and big, obvious calluses are crying out for help!

2017 – A year for the record books

2017 was a huge year in climbing history! Margo Hayes’ ascent of La Rambla 9a+ in February, made her the first female to ever climb that grade and then she did it again in September when she clipped the chains on Biographie 9a+! Less than a month later Angy Eiter claimed the title and became the first female to climb a 9b when she sent La Planta de Shive in October. And let’s not forget about Alex Honnold’s daring free solo of Freerider 5.12d (1005…

Boulder World Cup Scoring System

In the spirit of the upcoming World Cup in Muinich, we decided to have a closer look at the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) scoring system. Bouldering competitions take place on a climbing wall, with short routes and no ropes. The routes, or rather the “boulders”, are setup in such a way that the lowest part of the body is never higher than 3m off the ground. Scoring system: The most important thing to know is that there are only two holds that count…

Climbing grade conversion table

Today I would like to spend a few moments talking about the different climbing grade systems used around the world. Any one who has been climbing for a while has probably been confronted with the different systems. We will have a look at the 6 most common grading systems: Skala Länder Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme (UIAA) Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary East German Rating System (GDR (Saxon)) East Germany (former DDR) French numerical system France, Europe, International Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) USA,…

My shoes are trashed again!

Those of you who go climbing regularly would be well aware of the wear and tear on your climbing shoes and the age old discussion: should I get them resoled, or should I buy new shoes? Resoling: the most important thing to look for when you are having your shoes resoled is to find a shoe maker/cobbler that has experience repairing climbing shoes and has the right tools and material available for the repairs. We tested some of the well-known shoe repair services in Germany…

block gfrasta super final on 30.04.2014

On the 30th April 2014 the exciting block gfrasta final took place in the boulderbar in Vienna. Among the 204 participants, Wanda Glück and Mauro Schwaszta swooped in an one the trophies – congratulations! What is block gfrasta „Block“ is a short version of the German word “Felsblock” which means boulder in English und „Gfrast“ is slang in Vienna for wild dog, cheeky brats and larrikins. That sets the tone for block gfrasta: a unique bouldering contest where the strongest can go wild! Can anyone…

Five minutes with Leander Schäffer: next generation competition climber

We had the chance to interview the successful next generation competition climber, Leander Schäffer (DOB 1999). Leander won silver in 2013 in the Nordrhein- Westfalen regional championship in Bochum and can also be very proud of his third place in the Nothern German Bouldering Championship in Braunschweig. 1. Leander, how long have you been climbing and how did you start? I have been regularly climbing with a focus on performance for about 1.5 years. The first time was with my class where I got my…

3 yoga exercises for climbers that protect your body from injuries

Did you know that just 10 minutes yoga each day can help prevent middle to long term injuries and pain? After climbing your muscles are warm and are in the best shape for focused exercises on certain muscle groups: – Arms, hands, fingers – Chest – Shoulders, neck – Back and sides – Legs The demands vary depending on the intensity and climbing style during your climbing session: after friction climbing on granite or slabs with small ledges, we will notice the effect on our…