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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 testpiece

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German sports climber Markus Bock has established The Elder Statesman 9a/9a+ in the Frankenjura.

One of Germany's strongest sport climbers, Markus Bock, has done what he does best: establish another testpiece in the Frankenjura. As climbing.de reports, the 32-year old bolted a new line in March in the Bamberg area and freed the 30 moves on 18 June. His "The Elder Statesman" is described as being "one of the last 3 star lines in the Frankenjura" and weighs in at 9a/9a+. It comes in the wake of another first ascent, "The Last Rides" which settles in at a more amenable 8c+.

There are few climbers who know the Frankenjura as well as Bock does and after famously climbing all the hardest routes there, he set about establishing his own, some of which are listed below.

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
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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