Climber: Andreas Proft
Area: Echo valley, Costa blanca, Spain
Route: Excess Power, 8a+
Barefoot and free solo
from Saxony, Germany, is a specialist in climbing without shoes.
Photo by Proft (link by Planetmountain
"It still hurts to take a fall, but apart from some minor cuts on my feet I have never been injured climbing barefoot.
From 1945 Saxony climbers often ascended without shoes out of economic necessity.
In the '70's and '80's the Elbsandstein master Bernd Arnold managed to trace some of the hardest routes in the DDR barefoot whilst adhering to the strict local ethics.
In the 90s, Dani Andrada climbed solo barefoot "Goliath", 8a+ in Cuenca
Proft on "Going Nuts", 8a / 5.13b, Echo Valley: