May 11 22
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I need new arms! Two complete sets with fingers, forearms and shoulders! Preferably a right one and a left one and I’m willing to pay extra for some extra muscles. The longer the better.  No problem if they’re hairy, with today’s modern technology I can easily solve that problem.  I’ve completely demolished mine this week. (Now as I look at what I’ve just described, I probably need the arms of a chimp!)

Mistake #1

I went to Amsterdam for a meeting. On Wednesday I had some free time between the end of the meeting and my flight. There was a climbing wall just 10 minutes from my hotel (right in the city centre).

How could I have resisted the temptation?! I simply had to go. It was worth it, a really great place with lots of routes and some very interesting holds I’ve never seen before. Very much like real rock. Result: pumped forearms, numb fingers and aching bicepses. I could hardly hold the fork when I had my well deserved cake!

 

Mistake #2

The next day I let myself be convinced by my daughter that I needed more exercise at the local climbing wall. Result: same as Wednesday. Needless to say, I went on Friday as well with a friend. He needed a partner, so what could I do? A friend is a friend, even if she must sacrifice her arms.

 

Mistake#3

Saturday was the day to do the real thing! Our team organised a visit to one of Hungary’s best climbing venues. I obviously had no idea where I was going to as I foolishly thought it couldn’t be tough on my arms. After all, the grades I can climb are not that demanding on the muscles.

 

I was wrong!

 

It was an old limestone quarry with perfect rock quality. The routes are short but really hard (for me and my poor worn-out arms.) The above route is lead by Zoli, one of my clubmates. I don’t know how but I was convinced that I should try it top-rope. As my first climb that day. 5c… I never did anything this difficult in my entire life. Good for warm-up.

Result: like all the above, doubled! Needless to say, I could only do one more route and that was it for me. But the place is great, a must re-visit by all means!

 

My second (and last) route was the one in the corner, a „relaxing” 5b.

 

 

For these routes I'm gonna need the arms of an octopus! All 8 complete with suction cups!!!

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