Chris Davies – Power of Goodbye – Font 8B/+

Jan 29: Chris Davies – Power of Goodbye – Font 8B/+ by Jack Geldard – Editor – UKC North Wales based climber Chris Davies has repeatedPower of Goodbye (Font 8B/+) at Malatatal, Austria, a problem first climbed by power house Klem Loskot in 2001. Chris commented on the grade: “After chatting to the locals, and questioneing the grade, it seems thatthis is deemed ridiculously hard for 8B, and so I´ve gone for theoriginal grade of 8B+, as claimed by Klem and Bernard Schwaiger.  Theproblem has only had four ascents including Klem´s since 2001, so Ithink this speaks volumes!” On the same trip Wales based Dave Noden repeated Klem Loskot´s other hard test-piece Wrestling with an Alligator, at Font 8B. Chris told “Dave climbed this with his usual flare, not actually wanting to comedown once at the top!  This is the first British ascent of this problem- well done that man on one of the most impresive hard ascents of theyear.”  The pair of die-hard boulderers had a great trip to the beautiful wooded area, sleeping out in the trees in temperatures of -10. Chris said: “Malatatal is a really clean, peaceful place, so information on how toget there is hard to come by.  I think that this is a great thing – ifpeople want to get there, then they really have to want to! It´s nice to arrive at a venue these days and get really tough grades – not much change here at all for your efforts!” Chris Davies is supported by Mammut and No Dogma Climbing. Dave Noden is supported by Boreal.