We had a long day at work as the snow was good and it was a Saturday. Martin, Katharina, Grit, and I left the others toiling away in the evening and went out for dinner at the restaurant by the climbing hall. It was a chilled out kind of place complete with little couches and lime green blankets. We were a chilled out bunch and I was happy that I seem to have some more friends in Germany at last.
Above: We left the real men at work. The “große” Martin is waxing a snowboard while Franzi services a pair of skis and Frank does a spot of waxing too.
Above: Trying to look normal. My workmates look a little challenged. I’m sure I’ll fit right in.
I had a free day so headed up to see the ski-flying (like jumping but they go further). In the afternoon I went climbing in the gym at Oberstdorf with Ulli, Nobby, and Frauke who I met last Sunday at Waltenhofen. I seem to be getting some finger strength again, finally.
In the evening I headed into the winterfest with Martin and we jostled in a pub for a while with some of his skiing clients. I stumbled home at 12:30 and Martin stumbled back to my flat somewhat later.
Smart-Mart and I headed down to the indoor climbing wall for some late night klettering. We did a few pumpy climbs for an hour and then we were finished. I top roped a 7- and lead a 6+. More climbing required.
A ski teacher and physiotherapist, Smart Mart, had a recent run-in with old age resulting in a rather sore back. He’s had to enter the boot renting business for a few weeks. Think Brendan but taller.
Above: Smart-Mart, also known as the “große kleine Martin” in reference to his height and position in the company, climbing at the wall.