Action Direct had it's 3rd repeat in a week and the 8th in total today when Markus Bock concluded his battle with Wolfgang Gullich's 1991 test piece. Markus has come close to redpointing this route on numerous occasions over the past few years but never quite made it. Perhaps seeing both Rich and Dai redpoint the route earlier in the week gave him that little bit extra motivation but whatever he deserves a lot of respect for sticking with it and finishing it off. As Pete Boardman reflected after he and Joe Tasker had made the first ascent of Changabang's West Face (still unrepeated after more than 30 years) "if you want to climb something enough, you'll end up climbing it".

Good effort Markus.

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