A few weeks ago I spent some time in Felbertal bouldering with Karo Sinnhuber. It was really great to see her cruise her project, Sunshowers (8A). Karo has had an unlucky year so far with a string of injuries so it was fantastic to see her back in form!
I first met Karo last year in Rocklands. It was great fun to watch her climb, completely destroying everything she touched despite her split tips. She flashed two 7C boulders back to back and made it look effortless!
She climbed an 8B called Fragile Steps on that trip, a tough low ball roof on small holds. Really tricky looking.by Claudia Ziegler Photography
I tried Sunshowers as well and fell off the last tough move during my first session. I spent a few weeks doing some bouldering and hangboarding to build some more power. It guess it worked out pretty well.
A few weeks later, I went back on my own and took it down… Solo mission with two pads. I warmed up on the slabs outside, which were wet. After that, I went in and dried the left side of the bloc, which was totally wet. After a few minutes I tried the upper half of the boulder and it felt good.Photo by Claudia Ziegler Photography photo by Claudia Ziegler Photography
I had one false start, slipping from the second hold but then I crushed it. Felt amazing. Luckily I caught the send in video!
It was a really special feeling to be able to walk up to this boulder and just know it was going down. I’ve spent many years yearning to climb my first 8A boulder but had been limited due to the distance I needed to drive to find an 8A. I was never in quite good enough shape to just walk up to one and do it. I was always either injured or just didn’t have enough time to be able to dedicate myself to the send. It had been a goal to boulder 8A for the last three years and I finally achieved my goal