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Markus Bock making the first ascent of Black Label 9a, Frankenjura, Germany
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Markus Bock, 4 hard new climbs in the Frankenjura


In Germany's Frankenjura Markus Bock has freed four difficult new sport climbs: Underneath Everything 8c+, Graveyard Rodeo 8c+, Black Label 9a and Working Class 9a

16 and counting! Sixteen 9a's, all freed by Markus Bock during the last ten years at the crags in Germany's Frankenjura, ever since Bock the German climber entered the realm of utmost difficulties in 2003 with the first ascent of Unplugged 9a. A decade of searching for something new and extreme on the limestone outcrops dotted around Nürnberg, that this autumn resulted in another two 9a first ascents. The routes in question are Black Label and Working Class, and they are joined by two 8c+ first ascents, Graveyard Rodeo and Underneath Everything. What makes the Frankenjura so special? "Quite simply the incomparable beautiful landscape and the unique climbing style" Bock told Planetmountain, decisively and to the point. Just like his routes.

Markus Bock, 13/02/1979 Bamberg, Germany
Frankenjura first ascents
Corona 9a+ Schneiderloch 2006
The Man That Follows Hell 9a+ Grüne Hölle 2009
The Elder Statesman 9a/9a+ Rotenstein 2011
Unplugged 9a Hardcore Wall 2003
Der Heiliger Gral 9a Kolosseum 2005
Zugzwang 9a Maximilianswand 2007
Matador 9a Glocke 2007
The Essential 9a Luisenwand 2008
Life's Blood For The Downtrodden 9a Vergessene Welt 2008
Pantera 9a Schneiderloch 2009
Sever The Wicked Hand 9a Hängender Stein 2011
The House Of Shock 9a Rotenstein 2012
Witchtripper 9a Nördlicher Frankenjura 2012
Riders Of Doom 9a Schiefer Tod 2013
Black Label 9a Schneiderloch 2013
Working Class 9a Suttenstein 2013





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