The German climber Moritz Welt climbs the line Lazarus (9a +) drilled by Markus Bock in the Frankenjura. For more than a year, the 21-year-old worked on the beta that was right for him for the heavily overhanging route on the Leaning Death.

Moritz world climbs with Lazarus (9a+, FA) im Frankenjura his most difficult sport climbing route to date. On November 23, he was finally able to make the first ascent of the line to which he dedicated most of his climbing season. In total, he invested a good 30 climbing days throughout the year in the von Markus Bock discovered and established route.

"The fact that I was able to climb this line before winter set in - I couldn't be happier."

Moritz world

Success with a drop knee

Lazarus begins with a short vertical stem. Then it goes straight into the 50 degree steep overhang, where the 8b+ boulder key point awaits. This is followed by twelve more vigorous moves and four meters of easier climbing to the deflector

As Moritz Welt revealed to, he had to use a drop knee on the second pull after the stem in order to be able to reach the next hold. In total, the German resorted to this less knee-friendly technique a total of seven times – fortunately without any permanent damage.

Video: Moritz Welt in the Frankenjura test piece Star Shopping

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