posted by dpm on 11/09/2013
Markus Bock has established two 9a (5.14d) and two 8c+ (5.14c) routes at the Frankenjura, Germany. On his blog he writes that he sent Black Label (9a) at the end of September, during a fall of uncharacteristically poor conditions. Taking advantage of breaks in the weather, he ticked Underneath Everything and Graveyard Rodeo (both 8c+) in the middle of October then focused in on Working Class (9a) which took him about two weeks of work.
Working Class is the perfect name to describe Bock’s dedication to seeking out hard routes in the Frankenjura. He’s now established sixteen 9a or harder routes in the past decade and certainly doesn’t seem to be slowing down. According to a list he’s created on his blog that shows the 100 hardest routes in the Frankenjura, 82 are Bock creations. 96 of them are 8c (5.14b) or harder. Without a doubt, Bock is one of the most prolific first ascentionists in the history of hard sport climbing.
Markus Bock on his new 9a Black Label. Photo: Bock's blog/Jochen Meyer