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Marietta Uhden, the highly talented German climber and important world reference point for sport climbing, passed away in the night between Sunday and Monday 24 November after a long battle against cancer.

Born in 1968 in Munich, between the years 1990 and 2005 Marietta Uhden played a leading role in climbing competitions, winning the German Lead Championship a staggering 10 times, winning the German Bouldering Championship twice and winning bronze in both the 1997 Lead World Championship in Paris and the European Championship in 2000. Her climbs will certainly be remembered fondly also by the Arco Rock Master spectators who always reserved a special applause to Uhden after having identified in the German a shy but hugely determined, ever smiling personality.

Uhden also found the time to climb superbly outdoors and as early as 1997 she repeated Happy Biceps at Austria's Schleier Wasserfall, an 8b+ that could easily be graded 8c. After numerous other routes this difficult, including Le Must in the Verdon Gorge, Wassermusik at the Schleierwasserfall and Baby-Basher at Kochel, in 2001 Uhden managed to climb one of the first female 8c's with her redpoint of Sonne im Herzen in Germany's Kochel area. With her premature death the world climbing community loses a great persona and an example to all.

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