Video: Kim Marschner climbs Forgotten Gem (8c, FA) in Chironico

The strong German Kim Marschner managed the first ascent of Forgotten Gem (8c) in February. Now there's the video for it. The line is the famous diamond project by Bernd Zangerl and Thomas Steinbrugger in Chironico.

Kim Marschner announced it as the greatest success of his bouldering career so far: the first ascent of Forgotten Gem (8c).

Video: Kim Marschner on the first ascent of Forgotten Gem (8c)

Kingline in the heart of Chironico

The so-called "Diamond Project" was launched in the 2000s by none other than Bernd Zangerl and Thomas Steinbrugger discovered. The two were busy waking up the then Rabbit sector (now known as Deliverance and Buggalagga sector) from its slumber.

They came across the futuristic-looking granite rock with its fine last line. "It was our diamond project and we worked on the trains for quite a while," remembers Bernd Zangerl.

Bernd Zangerl Diamond Project Chironico
Bernd Zangerl pulls on the fine bars of the so-called diamond project.

Later they also tried Gabriele Moroni and Nicolo Ceria on the project. Also without success. Tessin-Local recently liberated Giuliano Cameroni the diamond project from the dust that had meanwhile settled on it and began projecting the line. During this time, Cameroni also drew attention to the project.

Season goal achieved

He chose the diamond project, along with another Cameroni line, Crystal Ship (8c) in Cresciano, as his main goal for this year's bouldering season in Ticino. Already in January he was able to follow compatriot Florian Wientjes fourth ascent of Crystal Ship to back up.

"It's a real kingline in the middle of Chironico's bouldering area."

Kim Marschner

Kim Marschner helped with the first sessions in the diamond project Luis Gerhardt together. The two had decoded all the individual moves relatively quickly. Marschner then managed to get through in his sixth session. He named his first ascent Forgotten Gem and suggested a difficulty of 8c. "It's a real kingline in the middle of Chironico's bouldering area," sums up Kim Marschner.

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