World Cup Munich

Photo by DAV/Marco Kost It's been quite some time since the last boulder comp, so I was really excited for this one. Especially the World Cup in front of my home crowd is always a highlight for me and there are so many friends and family members watching. Qualification went sooo good! Temps were much better this year, and I felt really well prepared. By topping 4 out of the 5 boulders, I placed 5th in my group and thus made my first semifinals in two years. After such a rough season, I was...
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Short Trip to Magic Wood

Needed some time off, and with perfect weather in Magic Wood, it was an easy decision to go there for a couple of days. I hadn't been there for almost a year, so I could not wait to climb on all my projects. On the first day, I was able to send both 'Muttertag' [8a] and 'Jacks Broken Heart' [8a+] both in just a few attempts. This was really surprising to me, as I really struggled with these two boulders last time. Seems like training is paying off ;) The next two days were more relaxing in the...
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German Championships Speed

Speed nationals were just a week after the last Nationals in the Olympic Combined. An 8-hour train ride for some top rope climbing didn't really psyche me, but once I was there I was really hyped to give it my best. In my first qualification run, I had a smooth time of 8.32s, which already beat my PB of 8.40s in Tai'an. The second run was even better: 8.11s. Placed 4th, in the same order as at the Speed part of the Olympic Combined Nationals last Week :D In the 1/8-Final I mostly focussed...
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German Championship Olympic Combined

Last weekend we had our first national comp in the Olympic Combined format and it was also the first Olympic Combined comp for me. I participated in the World University Championship in the Combined event, but the format was a little different as there was just a result calculated from the separate disciplines, and there was no combined final. The Olympic Combined format is as follows: It is a competition with all three disciplines of climbing included. In the Qualification, you start of...
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World University Championship

The next morning after nationals I already had to leave for the World Universit Championship in Bratislava. Luckily, I still had one more rest day as the first day of the comp was just accreditation Stuff and the opening ceremony. I was really excited as this was the first really combined competition for me. While I did participate in the combined ranking at the Youth Worlds in Guangzhou in 2016, it's a whole different thing if you have one or two rest days in between each discipline. Here y...
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German Bouldering Championship

Video by Flo Wientjes of the last Boulder in Finals Back in Germany I for a couple of days and already on the road again to Friedrichshafen for Bouldering Nationals, I was still super jetlagged. At least I didn't have that much bad luck with my connecting flights like some teammates who missed several flights due to delays and had a total travel time of over 30 hours. Also, the jetlag wasn't that bad for me as I woke up at 5 AM every morning and thus wasn't sleepy in Isolation :D Qualific...
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USA and the World Cup in Vail

Picture by Eddie Fowke from The Circuit Climbing Another week, another endlessly long flight and another jetlag 😴 This time even a time shift of 15 hours, the most I have ever experienced. On our arrival, we spend two days in Boulder before heading to Vail for the World Cu. We went climbing in Movement Denver and to the Spot in Boulder, which are both really good gyms to train, but by far not on the same level as the gyms in Tokyo :D Also we hiked and climbed up one of the Flatirons to get...
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Tokyo and the World Cup in Hachioji

Picture by Eddie Fowke from The Circuit Climbing I was so happy when I found out that I was finally going to visit Japan again. Japan is definitely one of my favorite places to go :) At our arrival, we had a huge jetlag but somehow battled our way through by eating some delicious Okonomiyaki near our hotel. I've been missing this dish so much (as there is no place near Munich where you can get it) that it tasted even better. On the next day, we went for an awesome morning session at B-P...
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China Part 2 – Shanghai and World Cup in Tai’an

Video by Urs Stoecker Chongquing isn't really the place you want to stay for longer than needed, so it was a good decision to leave to Shanghai for a couple of training sessions at Pongo before the next World Cup in Tai'an. I liked Shanghai a lot more than Chongquing. Food and Culture were more Western than in central China. After Training, we also did some Sightseeing and went on top of the Shanghai Tower, which is the second highest building in the world. A couple of days in Shanghai...
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China Part 1 – World Cup in Chongquing

Video by Urs Stoecker It took us easily 25+ hours of travel before we finally arrived in Chongquing. This city is just insane! It's so huge, there are so many skyscrapers as far as you can see. Still, China is definitely not my favorite place to be. I did not really feel prepared enough for the comp as I got sick in Moscow and could not train for two weeks. This I had only two more sessions in China before the comp and could only do One rest day, while I usually prefer doing two rest days...
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