Solveig Korherr climbs Jungfraumarathon (9a) near Gimmelwald

The German climber Solveig Korherr scores the Gimmelwald test piece Jungfraumarathon (9a). For two and a half weeks, she tweaked her beta and refined her moves before she could scale the endurance hammer.

The German climber Solveig Korherr is going strong. In gimmelwald the 25-year-old manages to inspect the persistent 9a route Jungfrau Marathon.

"I'm still over the moon after clipping the deflector of this incredible line a week ago on the majestic cliff of Gimmelwald."

Solveig Korherr
Solveig Korherr in the 9a route Jungfraumarathon near Gimmelwald. Image: John Thornton
Solveig Korherr in the 9a route Jungfraumarathon near Gimmelwald. Picture: John Thornton

Unconventional preparation pays off

Solveig Korherr already tried the 2022a route Jungfraumarathon for a few days in 9. At that time, however, she had to cut back on her ambitions due to a finger injury.

When she returned to Gimmelwald this year, she wasn't sure what to expect at first. "I was pretty nervous because I hadn't concentrated on sport climbing as usual in the last six months." In winter she bouldered, in between some trad and climbed some shorter sport climbing routes in the Basel Jura.

Gimmelwald offers vigorous and demanding climbing that takes your substance. Image: John Thornton
Gimmelwald offers vigorous and demanding climbing that takes your substance. Picture: John Thornton

"I wasn't sure what to expect and I couldn't tell if I was in shape."

Solveig Korherr

The 25-year-old was all the more surprised at how good the individual moves felt on her first trip this year: "I think the bouldering season has paid off. I felt a lot stronger than last year."

Solveig Korherr: "Every day I felt better on the route and fell out further up." Image: John Thornton
Solveig Korherr: "Every day I felt better on the route and fell out further up." Picture: John Thornton

Continuous progress

A positive experience that acted like a gigantic boost of motivation. Over the next two and a half weeks, she tweaked her beta, memorized the moves, and built more and more endurance.

"I climbed for a day and then took a day off because Gimmelwald's style is very powerful and demanding."

Solveig Korherr

Every day she felt a little better and fell out further up. Until then everything fell into place. "Everything felt perfect on boarding day and I couldn't have imagined a better way to complete this project."

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