Yes! No! a bit less... maybe not enough... but there were other things to do the past months.
|Long time ago|
My first plan or let`s call it idea was to go back to Aachen in December, but it turned out different. Spain was great again, didn`t fell like wasted time at all to live in a car, close to a cave, in the dirt, smell a bit strange, to have a shower if you find a bathroom, to enjoy the heat of a campfire, to feel the cold in the Spanish climbing areas, to meet people all over the world.... to simply not to get trapped in a routine circuit.
|Against all expectations... belaying worked well!|
Anyway.... after climbing and bouldering till December and getting weaker every week, because the trip was to long and I`m still not smart enough to take more days off, maybe because it is boring or it feels like a wasted day, I had to step into my car and start driving north again.... just a small step for me, but in fact a big step because it felt wrong to go back. With the destination Erlangen. Yes... not Aachen.
In Albarracin I met some good friends who invited me to live in their house in Erlangen in the Frankenjura. I couldn`t say no, because I had no room in Aachen and it didn`t feel like I wanted to move back to Aachen even if it`s full with great people which make it really worth living there and visiting it once in a while. But why not another city? Something new? Would be boring without it :)
So off to the Frankenjura!
First day, first two hours in the Frankenjura.... my car broke. The engine broke. My little yellow home died... hard times, but it brought me back savely. Thanks. I hope in our next life, after being crushed in a big junk press with other cars, you`ll become a bigger car, a plane maybe even a space shuttle... or you`ll end up filled with diet coke or beer.
No job, no car, new city, almost no money but a room in a big house with new friends. After working in a bar for some days and cleaning horse stables to earn some money, I found a better job where I build climbing walls in Germany. Hard work, great company but the part which I don`t like is that I can`t climb so much if I`m working. We work the whole day in a climbing gym and at the end of the day you go to sleep to save some energy for the next day. But sometimes you have to make a choice even if I chose work now. Of course work is not wrong, but this kind of work makes you really tired in the evening... but well paid and I`m traveling again which leaves the question: Why do I have a room in Erlangen if i`m on the road all the time?
After working almost 2 1/2 months starting at 8 and stopping at 8 or mostly later with just little breaks except a longer break where I hurt my finger really bad in an accident. Make sure you NEVER need stitches in your finger to keep your fingertip together (through your fingernail.... really through the fingernail!!! Thanks to modern medicine even without anesthesia).
I had a bit more than a month off and the chance to finally spent some time on real rock again. I`m happy that I scrambled up some rock, after working a lot, not enough climbing and my injured finger.
Frankenjura: Master of desaster 8a+, Hilti Syndrom 8a+, Berlin Calling 8a+, Ringbandschoner 8a, 2 Muskeltiere 8a, Dynamisch Tirol 8a, Armed response 8a, Magnet 7c
Trou Magritte: la marnuelle nue 8a+
Berdorf: Nu skool Ovest 8a
Kronthal: la terra de lune 8a
Frankenjura: Kriss Kross 8A, Who`s the man 7C+
Fontainebleau: Saut de Puce 8A, Gasthaus Unterschlag 7C
Zillertal: Hart wie Stein(i) 7C
Kochel: Ivan der Grausame 7C
Now I`m looking for a new car to travel around easier and more flexible and maybe to start a new trip this year. Who knows! :)