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Markus Bock freeing Matador 9a in October 2007 in the Frankenjura, Germany
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Markus Bock frees Matador 9a, Frankenjura

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On 20/10/2007 Markus Bock made the first ascent of Matador 9a in the Frankenjura, Germany.

Markus Bock continues to dominate the Frankenjura scene. On Saturday 20 October the 28 year old made the first ascent of Matador 9a in the Frankenjura, after a three week trip to Yosemite and after having just missed the first ascent immediately before travelling to the States.

Markus describes the route, originally bolted by Markus Windisch, as follows: "After checking out the moves for the first time I realised that this route would check in at a high-level. In the beginning I managed to climb just a few of the 9 really bouldery starting moves. The crux moves are the first 7, and linking all 9 is definitely Font 8B. This boulder start is followed by another 11 moves to the top (circa 8a). This is one of my hardest routes to date and also one of the best looking hard climbs in Frankenjura."

Frankenjura Top 5
Corona 9a+ Burn 4 U M. Bock 2006
Action Directe 9a Waldkopf W. Güllich 1991
No name 9a Krottenseer-Forst M. Bock 2007
Unplugged 9a Hardcorewändchen M. Bock 2003
Heiliger Gral 9a Kollosseum M. Bock 2005

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