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…

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…

Climbing in Singapore

Today I would like to write about our recent stopover in Singapore over New Year’s 2013/14. We actually never thought it would be possible to go climbing in the city of Singapore, but there are actually a few crags with some very interesting routes. The first thing you notice next to the general tidiness when you get out of the airport in Singapore is the humidity, so if you go climbing – take a towel. If not for the humidity, at least for the very…

Climbing in Australia – The Grampians

G‘Day from Down Under! We are here to visit family for a couple of weeks over Christmas and couldn’t look pass the chance to spend a few days in the Grampians. The Grampians National Park is located 235 km west of Melbourne, or 1100 km from Sydney, and is a very popular area for rock-climbers and bush-walkers alike. The remote orange and red crags offer first class, breathtaking climbing. The sport crags guide book (“Grampians Climbing – Sport Crags”, http://www.onsight.com.au/2013/03/grampians-guidebook/) has 900+ climbs spread over…

Welcome to the KletterRetter blog!

We are pleased to introduce our new KletterRetter climbing blog! What can you expect as a reader? This blog is all about climbing and bouldering. We will introduce, discuss and regularly post new topics. Today I would like to introduce myself and our KletterRetter hand cream for climbers and boulderers. My name is David Holmes. I am an Australian and I have been living in the Nuremberg region since 2010 – nice and close to Franconian Switzerland. I have been working on the idea of…