Marriage and Climbing: “He Always Takes the Drill on Holiday With Him”
Ewald and Herta Gauster have been climbing together for 35 years and place complete trust in one another when doing so. The couple also secures old climbing routes that would otherwise be left untended. Find out why this means that the drill has been taken on one or the other holiday in the past.
It’s a clear and sunny day as Ewald and Herta Gauster make their way into the forest. The floor is still damp from yesterday’s rain, little drops of water fall from the leaves; you feel like you are on a “Lord of the Rings” set. One behind the other, the couple trudges along a narrow path through the fairytale forest with individual rays of sunshine falling through the canopy of leaves until a steep rock face appears before them. They have reached their goal.
A Climbing Love Story
Ewald and Herta are a practised team. “Climbing and marriage go hand in hand”, says Ewald. And that’s no surprise, as they met whilst climbing. “We realised we both love climbing and enjoyed one another, and that’s how we grew so close over the years that one no longer works without the other.” In the meantime, the couple has been climbing together for more than 35 years – and Ewald’s soft spot for safe climbing routes has even shaped their travels: “He always took the drill on holiday with him; it had to come along”, Herta remembers with a smile. “It can be exhausting having the drill with you almost every day that you go climbing and the dust trickling out of your backpack come evening.”
Basic Trust and Sport for Life
First business, then pleasure: the bolts have been secured along the Gretlwand, now it’s time to climb. “Every muscle is put to use in some way and always outdoors amidst nature; that’s what appeals to me most”, Ewald raves about his sport for life. The sun is now high, shining down on the water drops and making the fairytale forest sparkle. Ewald and Herta swap places. It’s his turn to belay her as she nimbly scales the steep rock face. Ewald smiles: “We actually have an unspoken consent; we know what’s going on, what the other one is doing. That basic trust is vital to me.“
Author: Johanna Schönfeld
Climbing Trains Body and Mind
Climbing provides a full body workout that uses every single muscle, but also strengthens mental abilities such as concentration and self-confidence. And climbing as a team demands mutual trust and a sense of responsibility. In order to enjoy the sport and keep the risks as low as possible, you must be able to rely on your climbing partner firmly, and vice versa, of course. Every grip counts, when climbing and when belaying!