Climbing the “Angel Piller” Imst Austria

Back to some alpine climbing! I met up with Hanspeter to attack the Englpfeiler in Imst. We took the gondola to the 2nd station to save some time before hiking the rest of the way. After passing by a hut we had to hunt for the trail which was hidden by a rock slide for…

Swiss Climbing: Walen Lake and Säntis

When plans for Kaunertal fell through, I decided to go climbing with my Swiss friends. I talked to Dani who would be working at an expo. He mentioned that both Lippi and Roman were looking around for someone though. Roman agreed to an alpine climb, perfect for the nice weather forecast this weekend. I left for Switzerland straight from work and met up with…

Climbers Paradise: Lake Garda is Mecca

Sitting in Caffetrentino, slurping the tasty cappuccino, trying to figure out what I should do the next day without climbing partners. The original plan was to climb with two people; one got stuck on business in the US and the was home with a concussion after headbutting a pole wakeboarding. 4 guys in a great mood sat down at the table next…

The Canalone Neri Is Not A Pastry

The weekend turned out much better than I expected. Mathias called around lunchtime to arrange a tour for the weekend. He had wanted to do a north face with 2 other friends, but his partner bailed out on the day before they were supposed to head out, that is why he had also put an…

Climbing Petit Verdon

It was time to do some more climbing, so I packed up and made my way to Switzerland where Tobias suggested climbing their “Petit Verdon;” a home game for him. I had heard about routes there for the past few weeks and was also pretty curious to finally get a crack at it myself. We…

Someone Actually Let Me Have Ice Axes!

Yesterday was the first time I ever strapped crampons on, now I am on the way to Mt. Washington… I was pretty excited and totally happy. Yesterday was amazing, the feeling of the ice axes when they sunk into the frozen waterfall was really special! I was climbing with Tom who didn’t mind showing a beginner the…

Gimpel Left Me Gimpy

After my first summer of rock climbing on a fairly regular basis, I tried my first alpine climb. A guy (Karl) from the climbing center offered to take me to climb the Neue Südostkante (new southeast ridge) of the Gimpel mountain, in the Tannheimer valley. It was a 6+ tour with only a few pitches in that difficulty….