Plan B

Datum: 11. 07. 2018

Initially, our plans were different. We were into telling a story of climbing in our backyard, of reading lines, dreaming of new possibilities and achieving new skills. The story was to take place at the “Irrenhaus” translated as the so-called “madhouse”, which is a climbing area close to Lofer, Austria that had been explored by Markus Bendler and some friends

Initially, our plans were different. We were into telling a story of climbing in our backyard, of reading lines, dreaming of new possibilities and achieving new skills. The story was to take place at the “Irrenhaus” translated as the so-called “madhouse”, which is a climbing area close to Lofer, Austria that had been explored by Markus Bendler and some friends

Markus had not stopped raving to us about this 4-kilometer long rock ridge high above the Strubtal, the exhausting access to the location and the most astonishing views from the top. Viewing the photos taken by Michael Meisl in the climbing guide “Tirol“ was the icing on the cake for us, however the weather did not play in our favor.

It was a downpour, and if it wasn’t raining from every direction, it was snowing. We gained a deeper understanding how climbers must feel, when they want nothing more but to climb and the conditions do not allow for it. Our own ambitions were not exactly simplifying matters. For “The Alpan Way“ story, we definitely wanted to stay in the Alps. Time was running out despite eagerly searching for alternatives, even at Lake Garda, the routes were soaking wet. In the end, it was Markus proposing to go North rather than South. The “Fränkische Schweiz“ was as close as Lake Garda and the climbing conditions perfect.

When we were done taking our photos, we started to realize just how close we had always been to our mental limits or our own “lunatic asylum“, but this is a story saved for another time…

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