Markus Bock

Heavy Metal and heavy climbs in Frankenjura

Markus Bock came to climbing over his parents when he was 6 years old. He is living in Bamberg, a city close to the Frankenjura which is his homearea. Over the last 25 years he openend up more than 80% of the hard routes there.

Birthday: February 13th
Home town: Bamberg
Current home: Bamberg
Favorite MAXIM rope: Airliner

“Best sport I could imagine for myself.”

“The best ropes on the market. Durable, very good handling.” 

“For me the Airliner is my favorite rope. Nice handling, durable and light.” 

Markus Bock


Get to know Markus ...

Tell us how and when you got into climbing? 
Got into climbing by my parents when I was 6 years old.

What do you think was the highlight of your climbing career (so far)?
Gossip 8C Boulder 2002 (1st 8C Boulder worldwide)
Corona 9a+, 1st Ascent 2006 (2006 one of the hardest routes worldwide)

What are you doing when you are not climbing? 
Listening to Music a lot (Metal), going to Concerts

What is the soundtrack of your life (favorite song)?
There are just too many! My favorite albums are:
"Reign In Blood" from Slayer
"Nola" from Down
"Far beyond driven" from Pantera
"Ues ones and destroy" from Superjoint Ritual. 

What stokes you the most? 
A hard first ascent or a good concert.

If you could choose a super power, what would it be? 
Shoulder Strength 

What was your favorite climbing adventure?
Being in Hueco Tanks in 1996. This was the last year where you could climb in every sector without a guide.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a pro climber? 
I have never been a 100% pro climber. Pro climber for me means that you can make a living from the money you get from your sponsors. I always worked part time. 


Career Highlights


Country/City: Frankenjura
Grade: 9a+
Length: 15m 

After my ascent of the classic "Action Directe" 9a in 2005 I was searching for a harder route. Searching for a route to push the limit in Frankenjura and push my own limit. With this route I found what I was looking for:
After some intro moves around 7a+ comes a 5 move hard boulder around 8B followed by no rest with a technical 12 moves 8b+ route. Best rock quality, nice setting.


Country/City: Frankenjura
Grade: 8C
Length: boulder

This was the first 8C boulder worldwide.


Country/City: Frankenjura
Grade: 9A+
Length: 15 meter

The route was first sent by Markus in 2014.

©  Markus Bock


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