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

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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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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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