The ever active and very prolific Markus Bock has just climbed a possible new 9a in the German Frankenjura. The route is called The Essential, and is just left of the classic "Kaum Zeit zum Atmen", first climbed by Wolfgang Gullich.
The Essential was first bolted by Klaus Buechele in the mid 80's. In the middle of the 90's Markus' friend Werner Thon re-bolted the route and along with Markus both made several attempts to climb it without success.
Markus has now sent the project and describes the route in the following words:
"This is a 3 star route in a classic area. Technical, small crimps, bad footholds and of course not chipped".
Full report and large photos at the Moon Climbing Website.