New Austrian Ice Route Given WI7+

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Albert Leichtfried begins the crux second pitch of Centercourt (300m, WI7+) in Austria’s Gasteinertal Valley. Courtesy of PlanetMountain.com.

Albert Leichtfried begins the crux second pitch of Centercourt (300m, WI7+) in Austria’s Gasteinertal Valley. Courtesy of PlanetMountain.com.

News Link: Albert Leichtfried and Benedikt Purner have climbed a desperately thin and steep 300-meter ice route that they believe is WI7+, making it the hardest pure ice climb in Austria, and one of the hardest in the world.

Centercourt had pitches of WI6+, WI7+, and WI6 on poorly bonded ice. Leichtfried took one and a half hours to lead the crux second pitch. He placed a single bolt on lead , but the crux moves were very poorly protected.

In early December, the same two climbers established Moonwalk (WI6/7), a 1,000-meter route in Austria’s Zillertal Alps.

PlanetMountain.com has the story and photos of both routes.

Date of Ascent: January 7, 2010

Source:PlanetMountain.com

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