Strandcafé (XIb/c) redpoint for Neumärker

27 May, 2014

Top German sport climber, Felix Neumärker, recently completed a long-standing project with the first redpoint ascent of Strandcafé (XIb/c), in his home area of Elbsandstein. Found on the Czech side of the Elbe valley, Strandcafé (Sector Elbestrand) was originally bolted ground-up a few years ago by Jörg Andreas, who also took this photo. Felix commented that the route felt around French 8c.

The Elbsandstein climbing area, straddling the German (Saxony)/Czech Republic border, is well-known for its strict ethical code with only widely-spaced ring bolts and knotted-slings allowed for protection on the sandstone. Don't expect any clip-ups as the sparingly used bolts have to be a minimum of three metres apart and placed ground-up.

In March last year at Siurana, Felix climbed Estado Critico (9a) and then a couple of days later he went one better with La Rambla (9a+). This spring he repeated Marcus Bock's Corona (9a+) in the Frankenjura.

Felix Neumarker on Strandcafe