Franzi remains forever grateful to that friend and the Frankenjura keeps a special place in her heart as a place where this journey of passion began.
She has called this region home ever since. Now back in Bayreuth doing an additional apprenticeship, she has been lucky enough to move house across this (big!) area over the years, changing the bunch of nearby crags and getting the chance to explore different faces of Franken.
Among her favourite crags, Franzi mentions Obere Gößweinsteiner Wände, Luisenwand and Rotenstein, all three of which hold many classic routes. She feels particularly connected with the two latter spots. During the time when she lived in Heiligenstadt, she would jog to these rock walls on a rest day, enjoying some alone time in the lush forest. Plankenstein is one of Franzi's favourites for the summer.
A little behind the scenes insight: the photos on the left are some early poster tests. Click here to view the 50RP Posters.
And finally, there's Headcrash, Franzi's first 8c, and one of Franken's most majestic lines (as well as her 50RP route of course).
The name of the crag is rather suggestive (literal meaning: water rock) and rightly so as it tends to stay wet for long periods of time. That combined with Franken's changing and somewhat unforeseeable conditions meant for Franzi that she got to try the route in pretty much all possible conditions: hot, humid, frosty cold...
When she got very close to the send, she injured her finger on a sidepull in the upper part of the route, which meant 6 months off from hard pulling - so frustrating!
Finger healed, another 6 months of mixed conditions, wintry weather and getting back in shape passed before the send.
Thank you, Franzi, for being a part of 50RP!