Swiss-based German professional climber David Firnenburg climbs the 9a Jungfrau Marathon route in the Bernese Oberland.

Spent three days David Firnenburg zusammen mit Andrea Kümin in the sport climbing area gimmelwald in the Bernese Oberland. The climbing garden is known for its high density of difficult and overhanging routes. One of the area's best known lines is the 9a rated route Jungfrau Marathon.

"It feels great to be able to score an 9a after my shoulder injury. The motivation is back and thus the time to score heavy routes. "

David Firnenburg
David Firnenburg and Andrea Kümin in the climbing area Gimmelwald. (Picture David Firnenburg)

The route feels relatively easy for the degree, which may be due to that David found a special beta for big climbers (> 1.80m), which bypasses the well-known shoulder train on a Tufa tongs.

"I had a lot of fun and the pump of my life. When hanging up the stand, I almost fell out of the route "

David Firnenburg about the ascent

Two first ascents in Engelberg and one repetition on the Titlis north face

A few days after the celebration of Jungfrau Marathon David announces the first ascent of two routes in the sport climbing area Engelberg. He succeeds in the commission of a project by Matthias Trottmann, who released the route for David. The route Amuse Gueule is located in the area 8c / 8c +. The already existing route Quattro Stagioni has given David a more direct variant, which omits a rest point and adds a long and heavy train to the route. Overall, however, it remains in the evaluation of 8c. After the two days in Engelberg, David moved to the north face of Titlis, where he successfully climbed the extremely heavy multi-pitch hunt Hattori Hanzo on one day Rotpunkt.

"The short trip to Engelberg and the north face of Titlis was brilliant and a great adventure. There is a sore back on every imaginable part of the body. But that fits, because now I have to take care of my studies for a few days. "

David Firnenburg on the Engelberg-Titlis trip

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Credits: Cover picture David Firnenburg