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Dripping Elegance (M10/WI5+ 110m) in the Ötztal in Austria
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Dripping Elegance, new mixed route in Austria's Ötztal

13.01.2011 by Planetmountain

Albert Leichtfried and Gerry Fiegl have established Dripping Elegance (M10/WI5+ 110m) in the Ötztal in Austria.

Just before the dreaded Föhn wind melted their dream away, Albert Leichtfried and Gerry Fiegl managed to make the first free ascent of Dripping Elegance (M10/WI5+, 110m), an elegant three pitch mixed route in Austria's Ötztal.

The two had first attempted the south-facing drip located above Köfels on 26 December from the ground-up, placing some bolts for the powerful moves through the roof. Conditions weren't ideal and the ice was dripping significantly - hence the name - and they returned on 2 January and managed to redpoint the three pitches.

DRIPPING ELEGANCE, OETZTAL

Dripping Elegance, Ötztal, Austria
First ascent:
Albert Leichtfried & Gerry Fiegl 28/12/2010, ground up
First RP: Albert Leichtfried & Gerry Fiegl, 02/01/2011
Elegant three-pitched mixed climb
Height: 110m
Grade: M10/WI5+
Getting there: Drive into the Otztal to Köfels
Route: P1: WI5, 50m P2: M10, 35m P3: WI5+, 25m
Descent: down the route
Gear: Two 50m ropes, set of Cams #3 , short screws
Warning: the route faces south

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