Before his ascent of Adrenalin, 8c+, the other day, the name Martin Schidlowski was unknown to me. Probably, this was true for most of you as well. I decided to ask the 19-year-old a few questions.
Who's Martin Schidlowski?
I'm a student from Southern Bavaria who started climbing 5 years ago. My favourite crag is Karlstein, an area mainly bolted by the Huber brothers
What does this ascent mean to you?
A step further into a new level. First route in the German 11th grade.
Can you describe the route?
About 16 metres long, but only 2 metres overhanging. Tiny holds and even smaller footholds. 8b route to a not so bad rest followed by the crux. All in all technical and sustained.
What was the main difficulty for you?
To send it before my final school exams in May start and conditions get too hot.
Although the FA was done in 2001, yours was only the 3rd ascent. How come? Any theories?
It has been tried by some strong climbers, but not sent since it has a special character. You have to be good on small crimps.
First to achieve good grades in my A levels, then 3 months time to climb. And getting some new quickdraws, because somebody has stolen mine a week before the ascent...
Well, good luck with that Martin, and thanks!
Photo: Martin Schidlowski on X-tasy, 8b, Drug wall/Karlstein (same section as Adrenalin), by Florian Brümmer