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The Tsaranoro massif in Madagascar. Still taken from the film Tough Enough by Laurent Triay
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From left to right: Tobias Baur (1985), Lukas Binder (1986), Philipp Hofmann (1986) and Martin Schindele (1987) below their Dreams of Youth, Tsaranoro, Madagascar
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Lukas Binder climbing an 8b pitch on Dreams of Youth, Tsaranoro, Madagascar
Photo by Team Allgäu

Dreams of Youth, new desperate Tsaranoro multi-pitch in Madagascar


In August 2011 German climbers Martin Schindele, Lukas Binder, Philipp Hofmann and Tobias Baur established Dreams of Youth (8c, 700m) up Tsaranoro Atsimo, Madagascar.

Remember Tough Enough, the highly technical 8c multipitch up the East Face of Karambony in Tsaranoro Valley, Madagascar, attempted by some of the world's elite and finally freed by Adam Ondra last October? Well it looks like this masterpiece has now got a rather difficult neighbour, established this August by Martin Schindele, Lukas Binder, Philipp Hofmann and Tobias Baur.

The four German climbers established their Dreams of Youth up the nearby Tsaranoro Atsimo and the route takes a line to the left of the first route up the wall, Mai Piu Cosi (Never the Same) established in 1998 by Rolando Larcher, Marco Sterni and Erik Svab. The 700 meters break down roughly as follows as all the pitches above 7c still await a redpoint ascent: 6a+, 6b+, 7b+, 8a+, 8c, 8b, 8a, 8b+, 8c, 8b, 8a, 8b+, 8b+, 7c+, 6b, 7a, 7a, 6a. Surely this must now be tough enough?

Lukas Binder kindly sent us the following brief description: "We'd dreamt about travelling to Madagascar and establishing a new route for four years, ever since hearing reports by Daniel Gebel (who established Tough Enough) and Toni Lamprecht. Our dream came true this August: our Dreams of Youth follows a logical line up a shallow water groove, it established it ground-up over 8 days and we used fixed ropes on circa 2/3 of the route. The distance between the bolts is pretty normal except for the easier pitches which can get quite run-out. None of us climb harder than 8b+ and although we have provided an estimate for the grades, we didn't have time to redpoint the harder pitches. We hope it's all climbable and look forward to a strong team going there to send it ;-)





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