Chris Davies - Power of Goodbye - Font 8B/+

by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Jan/2009
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+Chris Davies repeating Power of Goodbye - Austria (Font 8B+), 76 kb
North Wales based climber Chris Davies has repeated Power of Goodbye (Font 8B/+) at Malatatal, Austria, a problem first climbed by power house Klem Loskot in 2001.

Chris commented on the grade:

"After chatting to the locals, and questioning the grade, it seems that this is deemed ridiculously hard for 8B, and so I've gone for the original grade of 8B+, as claimed by Klem and Bernard Schwaiger.  The problem has only had four ascents including Klem's since 2001, so I think this speaks volumes!"

On the same trip Wales based Dave Noden repeated Klem Loskot's other hard test-piece Wrestling with an Alligator, at Font 8B. Chris told UKClimbing.com:

"Dave climbed this with his usual flare, not actually wanting to come down once at the top!  This is the first British ascent of this problem - well done that man on one of the most impressive hard ascents of the year." 

The pair of die-hard boulderers had a great trip to the beautiful wooded area, sleeping out in the trees in temperatures of -10.

Chris said:

"Malatatal is a really clean, peaceful place, so information on how to get there is hard to come by.  I think that this is a great thing - if people want to get there, then they really have to want to! It's nice to arrive at a venue these days and get really tough grades - not much change here at all for your efforts!"


Chris Davies is supported by Mammut and No Dogma Climbing. Dave Noden is supported by Boreal.

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