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    Grin 'Nazi-era' Names Cause Climber Consternation

    Enya'll find this one funny.

    'Nazi-era' names cause climber consternation
    Published: 12 Aug 10 13:05 CET

    A popular climbing spot in Järfälla in Stockholm has prompted controversy after the crag's climbing routes were given names from Hitler's Germany such as "Kristallnacht" and "The Crematorium".

    "I was there with my friends and doing a bit of climbing, and I thought it felt rather unpleasant to climb through the 'Crematorium' or say that 'now I am going to do Kristallnacht'," Hess told the newspaper.

    Cordelia Hess [Siggy's note: the Historian complaining is called Hess? ]argued to the newspaper that the names trivialise the suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust.

    But the names are set to stay in place for the time being as it is accepted climbing praxis for the first climbers who tackle and conquer a route to be given the right to name it.

    "It is up to the first climber who makes it to name a route," Stockholm climber Erik Djerf told The Local on Thursday. "It is thus that climber, or perhaps the publisher of a local climbing guidebook, who would then be able to change it".

    Djerf told The Local that while there is no formal body that approves or rejects names of climbing routes, sites are registered by the Swedish Climbing Association for reasons concerning the public right of access (allemansrätten) and nature conservation.

    "There is no board or committee that gives the yay or nay, but perhaps if the names would cause a great deal of offence...The names are in any case often chosen to be deliberately provocative," he said.
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    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    So Nationalists have to open new routes while climbing mountains so they can name them properly. "Stuka-Rinne", "Blitzkrieg-Grat", "Mauserscharte", "Königstigerklamm", "Führerspitze"...

    "Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Climbers and route names?

    Most climbers I know are an irreverant and anarchical lot. Hence the route names to embarass the non-initiated and cause consternation. However, one climb has no route names, it's only known as the North face of the Eiger in winter. Those who attempt this climb are the only ones who can truly comment on route names.

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    They've named them so because they are going to defeat them/climb them.

    Nothing charming about that at all.

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    It seems like Sweden isn't the only country inflicted with that "menace".
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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