Video: Goulotte Holzknecht on Langkofel, Dolomites
Video of 18-year-old Val Gardena alpinists Martin Dejori, Aaron Moroder and Alex Walpoth repeating Goulotte Holzknecht, the route up the SW Face of the Langkofeleck (Spallone del Sassolungo) in the Dolomites first ascended by Adam Holzknecht 300m WI5+ M5.
"We climbed the Langkofeleck over two days (26-27/01/2013) via the icefall Goulotte Holzknecht. On day one we set off after midday and skinned up towards the Langkofelscharte where we dug out a large and comfortable bivouac which resulted in a very relaxed night. We set off early the next morning and reached the Goulotte Holzknecht, a beautiful gully that climbs several frozen vertical sections. The second was the hardest, graded WI5+, and this proved difficult to breach because at times the drip consisted merely of icy snow. Cleaning this proved tiring and we required plenty of patience, and after this we were greeted by numerous sections of top quality ice, easy and interesting to climb. After another steep gully we reached the summit of the Langkofel shoulder. The climb wasn't extremely difficult and we enjoyed it throughout. Since this is our backyard mountain though, Langkofel is extremely important and we were overjoyed with our summit."