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Angela Eiter making the first ascent of Schatzinsel close to Imst in Austria
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Angela Eiter bolting the climb Schatzinsel close to Imst in Austria
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Angela Eiter bolting the climb Schatzinsel close to Imst in Austria
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Bernie Ruech and Angela Eiter
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Angela Eiter discovers her Schatzinsel above Imst

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Austrian climber Angela Eiter reports about Schatzinsel, treasure island, a route she cleaned, bolted and freed last autumn above Imst in Austria.

Climbing provides me with plenty of opportunities to live out my love for climbing in different ways. Usually I test my limits on existing sport climbs, as a mere “consumer”. Only once, at Leonidio in Greece in 2015, did I actually bolt some new routes my own. Last autumn though I decided to search for something new again.

My husband Bernie regularly bolts new routes and is fairly experienced at the whole new routing game. I made the most of this knowledge and asked him to lend me a hand where necessary. First though we searched for a virgin rock face and after a while we found a place not too far from my home region, Imst.

In the beginning I was worried about the poor rock quality which appeared to be too rotten, but actually I’d already fallen in love with this place and its alpine feel. Bernie agreed to help.

One line in particular attracted me: it starts in the center of the crag before traversing left through an steep roof and continuing to the top. Bernie fixed a rope and I worked my way down. First I checked out if the line was even feasible, searching for holds and potential sequences, then I removed all the dirt and loose rock and started placing some bolts. While I was quick at first, the loose rock around the roof slowed me down.

I asked Bernie for some help. After several hours my line was ready for the first attempts. It took me a few days to unravel the right sequences and clean the rock even more, and I have to admit this cleaning process was quite tiring. That's why I was so happy when I finally got the chance to make some serious attempts.

I failed on numerous occasions, but then one day I managed to put in just the right effort to free the line. I’d found the right flow and overjoyed I screamed as I clipped the chains of my Schatzinsel, my treasure island. As to the grade, grade, this isn’t the most difficult route I’ve climbed, but it is certainly one of "my" most difficult routes. Maybe somewhere in the region of 9a. Those who repeat it will give us a clearer picture.

by Angela Eiter

ANGELA EITER
Top climbs
10/2019 - Schatzinsel, Imst, Austria, first ascent
06/2019 - Pure Dreaming, Massone, Arco
10/2017 - La planta de shiva 9b, Villanueva del Rosario, Spain
04/2015 - Era Vella 9a, Margalef, Spain
11/2014 - Big Hammer 9a, Pinswang, Austria
10/2014 - Hades 9a. Götterwandl, Austria
10/2014 - Hercules 8c+ Götterwandl, Austria first ascent

Top competition victories
World Championships - 2005200720112012
European Championships - 2010
World Cup - 200420052006
Arco Rock Master - 200320042005200720092012
Arco Rock Legends 2006, first edition. In 2015 she was nominated for the Rock Award.

Link: www.angelaeiter.comLa Sportiva

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