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I’m just back from a quick trip to the Tirol area of Austria. We only had 8 days, but it was well worth the 14 hour drive to get there. I really loved being up in the mountains, and the climbing was excellent. We spent a few days sport climbing on the limestone, and the rest of the time on the granite.

[caption id="attachment_26341" align="aligncenter" width="853"]Flying Circus (7a), Niederthai. Flying Circus (7a), Niederthai.[/caption]

What made the climbing really fun was that the cruxes of the routes were so bouldery and hard to read. This made trying to onsight a 6c every bit as challenging as a 7b+. Your warm-up would bring you out in a sweat, and you had to psyche yourself up for every single tie-in. It was amazing! I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed myself so much.

[caption id="attachment_26342" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Rumti Tumti (6c), Oetz. Rumti Tumti (6c), Oetz.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26343" align="aligncenter" width="853"]Rumti Tumti (6c), Oetz. Rumti Tumti (6c), Oetz.[/caption]

Highlights were definitely an incredible 7b+ called Kein Ende in Sicht which I failed to flash at Chinesische Mauer, but had the craziest moves I think I have ever seen outdoors, and a 7a at Rammelstein called 007. This route was short, but the moves were powerful and technical on lovely, smooth rock which made it excellent.

[caption id="attachment_26344" align="aligncenter" width="853"]Sonja (7c+), Morsbach. Sonja (7c+), Morsbach.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26345" align="aligncenter" width="853"]Sonja (7c+), Morsbach. Sonja (7c+), Morsbach.[/caption]

We also had a day at the Imst outdoor climbing wall which is one of best walls I have been to. It hosted the world cup a month or so ago, and it was inspiring to see some of the competition routes up close and also have a go on them. Hard would be a good word to describe them! But also beautifully set, and trying them got me very psyched for training again. Being outdoors, the wall is in a stunning location with a view of the mountains all around. It is also very long and steep and guaranteed to get you pumped.

The Tirol area itself was fantastic. There were lots of nice (if expensive) campsites, great cafes and bakeries and everything you could want to make a nice holiday. I was really sad to come home.

[caption id="attachment_26346" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Rest day walk. Rest day walk.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26347" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Rest day walk. Rest day walk.[/caption]

We finished the holiday off with a bank holiday trip to Malham. I’ve been struggling a lot with a route up there called Overnite Sensation (8a+). It’s a great route, and one which I found so hard! It taps into all my weaknesses as a climber. After a tricky little boulder problem at the start, the route dissolves into big moves on big holds and tests your power endurance to the limit. It’s only 27 moves long, but somehow those moves make you so tired!

[caption id="attachment_26348" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Overnite Sensation (8a+), Malham. Overnite Sensation (8a+), Malham.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26349" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Overnite Sensation (8a+), Malham. Overnite Sensation (8a+), Malham.[/caption]

After falling off the top more times than I’d like to mention, I finally managed to get it done. Definitely a very happy day.