Simon's fire also burns when he says, "I've read some stories about the Franconian Jura. So did Jerry Moffat's book Revelations - so inspiring!" The anecdote goes like this: Bouldering legend Fipper Fitz took his buddy Jerry Moffat to the impressive roof called Eldorado. Fipper had drilled a route he christened Disgust - his goal was to boulder out the single moves. He was not interested in a free passage. But Moffat wasn't satisfied with the hangdog style he wowed Fipper with. He came back and climbed barefoot through the steep passage to get a better grip in the small holes with his toes. That was the first free ascent of a 9+ in Germany. When he told his friend about it, he just shrugged. For him, Moffat had already done the route before - the single moves were all that interested him.
With this background, it was clear that Ekel was also on Simon's wish list. He climbed the route not barefoot, however, but with his favorite shoe for roofs and overhangs - the Voltage LV. Simon: "It's really cool to climb here. Walking in the footsteps of all these little tales of sport climbing history is so much fun!"
Just around the corner from the eldorado there is another classic, for which the Franconian Jura is known beyond its borders and which Simon and Ana could not miss on their tour: cake. Not the ideal food for climbing, but all the tastier for it. "We had a cheesecake or two on the trip - that's just part of it here, we were told..." Simon says with a laugh, adding, "...just like small holes and steep routes." He likes the style, even though he says with a grin, "Ana is the pocket specialist of the two of us. She can just hold right on. I always have to warm up carefully first and get warmed up in the route."
Simon has definitely warmed up in the hot July weeks of the summer and he has caught fire for the Franconian Jura. He has planned the next trip together for the fall on the spot. One thing is clear - Maté will definitely be back at the start.