Berni's method to get stronger was to work other projects as well as getting back to this one once in a while to figure out the moves. Gradually he got closer and managed to do the single moves,
and the 8B standing start. Linking was an
different matter however.
Then it all came together on a perfect day. Although it was 25 degrees in the valley, the air was crisp and there was a perfect cool breeze at 1400 m where the boulder is.
About the difficulty, Berni says: "It could be 8C, or even harder or a lot easier, it's not that important, time will tell."
Full story, in German, on Schwaigerbrothers.
So far Berni has done 6 boulders in the 8C-range:
Zunami, 8C, FA, Saalachtal
Pipe dream, 8B+/C, FA, Saalachtal
Memento, 8B/C, 2nd ascent, Silvretta
Anam Cara, 8C-ish, 2nd ascent, Silvretta
Dust devil, 8C-ish, FA, Saalachtal
Hurricane, 8C-ish, FA, Birgkar
Photos: Bernhard Schwaiger collection. More photos on Schwaigerbrothers.