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Markus Bock freeing Matador 9a in October 2007 in the Frankenjura, Germany
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Markus Bock adds new Frankenjura climbs


German climber Markus Bock has freed, amongst others, House Of Shock 8c+/9a in the Frankenjura, Germany.

Excellent spring conditions in German's Frankenjura have resulted in a flurry of hard first ascents at the hands of local climber Markus Bock. The 33 year old set the ball rolling in March by freeing an old Milan Sykora project in the Püttlachtal called Roof Warrior 8b+/8c, then upped the ante in early April by making the first ascent of Masters Of The Universe which shares the same start as Roof Warrior then breaks off left with difficulties in the region of 8c/8c+.

Not content, the German then set his sights on a project he had bolted and abandoned a few years ago in the Leinleitertal and after three days this year he succeeded in freeing House Of Shock. The name couldn't be more apt: with a mere 18 moves, this extremely powerful and bouldery 8c+/9a certainly comes as a shock to the system.

Markus Bock, 13/02/1979 Bamberg, Germany
Frankenjura first ascents
The Man That Follows Hell 9a+ M. Bock 2009
Corona 9a+ M. Bock 2006
The Elder Statesman 9a/9a+ M. Bock 2011
Pantera 9a M. Bock 2009
Der Heiliger Gral 9a M. Bock 2005
Unplugged 9a M. Bock 2004
Matador 9a M. Bock 2007
House Of Shock 8c+/9a M. Bock 2012
The Last Rides 8c+ M. Bock 2011
Three Suns And One Star 8c+ M. Bock 2008
Sniper 8c+ M. Bock 2003
Vanquish 8c+ M. Bock 2004
Monolithic Baby! 8c+ M. Bock 2004
Hattori Hanzo 8c+ M. Bock 2005
Planets Collide 8c+ M. Bock 2007





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