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Kilian Fischhhuber repeats Dschungelfieber 8c/+ (Dschungelbuch, Austria). At Misja pec, Slovenia, he repeats Sanski par (extension) 8c+/9a together with Jorg Verhoeven, while Katharina Saurwein sends Mrtvaski ples (8b) and Corto (8a).

Austria's new school is on great form. At the end of March Kilian Fischhhuber made a rare repeat of Dschungelfieber 8c/+ at the Dschungelbuch. The route was first climbed by local Reinold Scherer in 1992 and had been repeated only once, twelve years after the first ascent, by Markus Eberl.

Fischhuber, who two years ago flashed 8c (Tai chi, Lorünser Steinwand, Austria) and last year won the Bouldering World Cup 2005, needed seven attempts to come to terms with the super technical route on the outskirts of Innsbruck on 31 March.

A fruitful Easter break at Misja Pec, Slovenia, together with last year's Difficulty World Cup revelation Jorg Verhoeven, Austrian teammate Katharina Saurwein and other friends from Innsbruck resulted in a three-day repeat of Sanski par (extension) 8c+/9a for both him and Verhoeven. This route, which follows a wildly overhanging line through the cave on the left, had originaly been climbed by local Tadej Slabe and then extended by Uros Perko. It had been repeated by Tomas Mrazek.

Katharina Saurwein, who placed ninth overall in the 2005 Worl Cup, made the most of her current Easter form to redpoint Mrtvaski ples (8b) and Corto (8a).


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Photo: Kilian Fischhuber making the third ascent of Dschungelfieber 8c/+
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