Its been non-stop here in the Elbsandstein!! The last few days have been a blur, as we tour the endless climbing areas, and get used to the extremely sketchy climbing techniques. Many of the climbs here are quite run out, and yesterday I pretty much reinvented myself on a 5.11 runout that if I had slipped would have likely put me on the ground. I felt shaky from the adrenaline surge for the rest of the day. Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen from Sender films are on a mission to capture the climbs and beauty of this area, and I was pretty impressed with the massive crane that they erected on top of a teetering tower to capture footage with; quite the production! Bernd Arnold continues to tour us around, which is invaluable, as everything is in German, and the climbs are often hard to find, and harder to find protection on. I think Bernd is the most amazing 60 year old climber I've ever met, and I think he really gets a kick out of introducing us to this unique style of climbing. Last night we had a spirited conversation/debate about ethics in climbing, discussing the merit of sticky rubber kneepads, and other new tools in modern climbing. While we all had our differing views, one thing was clear, we all really love climbing and feel strongly about going about it in the best possible style, which in many ways is exemplified by this oddball backwoods european climbing area where it's not uncommon for people to solo routes barefoot without chalk, which really is a style that's hard to improve upon. While this style of climbing is pure and to be admired, it is also quite dangerous, and my main hope for the trip is that no one breaks a leg or worse. Today it's raining but hopefully the sun smiles on us soon and we can go run it out on sketchy sandstone, because even though it's real scary, it's a whole lot of fun. written by: Cedar Wright Photos: renan ozturk