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

© Chris Davies
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

"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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29 Jan, 2009
Nice one!Cool pic aswell.
1 Feb, 2009
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Good work. Video footage anywhere? James
3 Feb, 2009
Sweet. Well done for repaying everyone else's faith in you, and making my lack of it look stupid. And occasionally it's nice to hear of a Switzerland 8b/+ in the news that Pearson hasn't flashed.
22 Feb, 2009
Fantastic effort Chris, same goes for Dave as well, a really world class performance from you both ! keep on cranking, great to see you getting the aclaim you deserve ! mills.
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