Oif & zwoif Affn (Fb 8A+/V12) - Kochel from Bechtold Fabian on Vimeo.
Job done, so next stop: PETROHRAD - a small village 45 minutes away from Chzechias capital Prague. I´m really impressed of this beautiful area! The current guide offers you 18 sectors around Petrohrad, mostly in typical conifer and birch forests. The style depends a little bit on the structure of the rock between very slopy and crimpy on big granite "eggs"- so Petrohrad is surely better to visit during autmn and spring.
|Ruda armada - Fb 8A|
We visited only three areas called Pod Hradem, one of the most famous above a ruine around a hillside in the forest, Vyhildkova skala and Brana, the first one is looking very similar to Pod Hradem the second on the top of a hill between a beautiful birch forest. I have beem there one day in august and one in septmember. At first we climbed some classices like "Placana" (Fb 7B/V7), one of the most beautiful lowballs I have seen so far and Lopatev (Fb 7B+/V8). Starting on the same hold as "Lopatev" you can find one of the most famous 8A - boulders: "Ruda armada" - I was able to complete this slopy boulder on my second day with a static hook beta (the most people prefer the jump bete with the left hand). I can really recommand Petrohrad as a good and cheap alternative to classic areas in Switzerland and Austria.
Last but not least: One week in Magic Wood, where I have been roundabout one year ago after my A - levels at school for the first time. This time the weather sadly wasn´t that good and we had quite humid conditions all over our short trip.
|Ruda armada - Fb 8A|
Nevertheless it was possible for me to do some classics and other problems, left from last year: "Unendliche Geschichte 2", "Natural ites" both on the famous Bruno bloc and Fb 8A/V11. "Conan" (Fb 7C+/8A - V10/11), a slopy arete in the first sector starting low in a little roof. And for me the most beautiful boulder of this trip: "Jack is dead", same grade as Conan and a logical extention to the mega classic "Jack the chipper". One problem: You should bring some pads and enough courage to try it, as the landing zone isn´t so confortable. You can enjoy some impressions of those "magic moments" in a little short clip I built (unfortunatley I really have troubles with my computer, so the quality isn´t so good).
Our rest days we spent in Gasthaus Edelweiß, which also offers you a shower for only 3€ (it isn´t possible to have a shower on the campsite). But now enough about me and a short appeal to you: Bouldering is a sport which developes very fast, so we have to care more about our beautiful areas like Magic Wood. There´s a quite good organisation called "Save bouldering" , with a new website. Please read and try to think about those ideas, for a perfect boulering future - oh yes and don´t forget to like it on Facebook ;) Cheers, see you on the rock!
Magic moments - six days bouldering in Magic wood from Bechtold Fabian on Vimeo.