Most people take it easy on rest days, and whatever you do, I guess it tends to involve some... rest. Now, Jan Hojer's rest days seems to be somewhat different.
I got this story from his friend Lukas Biniossek who currently with Jan and Jule Wurm in Ticino:
> (In reply to Björn Pohl - UKC) Still don't get it. Are you saying he climbed an 8a problem but the way he did it, he actually climbed an 8c problem?
No, I would just assume he climbed it in a way that might seem really hard to someone less strong. A friend's son is a very strong climber and when he tries a problem indoors we're struggling on it's often a case of him crushing it with a couple of powerful lock offs and pulls - beta that is no use at all to someone weak like me who requires every possible trick of footwork and body position to get up anything even vaguely hard.
In reply to aln: My interpretation of it, is that rather than using a sequence that would be used by someone at the limit of their grade he used a harder sequence to bypass certain moves, enabling him to climb the problem in less moves. Therefore wasting less energy and friendlier on the skin.
I may be wrong though.
In reply to UKC News: I think I get it now. Although it still sounds to me like he's climbing a harder problem, i.e. an 8c eliminate version of an 8a problem. Anyway thanks for the replies and I'll think I'll leave it there before I start sounding pedantic. ;)
> (In reply to UKC News) Its already impressive but dont try and say its a rest day when it clearly isnt. It just looks like there after more attention.
As it says; the day was originally planned as a rest between sending "Dreamtime" and attempting "the Dagger". He goes along with the rest of the group and does the climbs to show them how it's done, after numerous quick ascents decides to actually go for it.
Now while therefore it does not fully count as a rest day, it is in a sense a rest between trying 8B+/8C problems and was planned as a rest day, hence the rest in brackets.
Basically what I'm saying is that it's not a completely unjustified decision saying it's a rest day.
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