“Hauruck, Hauruck,” comes the cry from the crowd. The spectators have gathered around a maypole. A young lad with pitch on his hands and feet tries his luck. He takes a run up and leaps onto the pole. But he slides back down. A great sigh goes up from the spectators. Each year around 2,000 people enjoy the thrills offered by the traditional maypole climbing in Rottenstuben in Eastern Bavaria, where young lads and lasses try to shimmy up the maypole as fast as possible.