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Florian Riegler on Skinwalker, the difficult crack climb close to Bozen, Italy
Photo by Michael Maili
Florian Riegler on Skinwalker, the difficult crack climb close to Bozen, Italy
Photo by Michael Maili
Florian Riegler on Skinwalker, the difficult crack climb close to Bozen, Italy
Photo by Michael Maili
Martin Riegler making the first ascent of Skinwalker
Photo by Michael Maili

Florian Riegler frees Skinwalker, difficult crack climb above Bozen, Italy

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South Tyrolean climber Florian Riegler has made the first ascent of Skinwalker, a difficult single-pitch trad climb on the outskirts of Bolzano.

It was my brother who discovered the inconspicuous wall, barely visible from below. A little later we went to have a look. I could hardly believe it! "What a line!" I said to myself. And just 9 km from home! I absolutely had to climb this crack!

First I had to work and link the moves for this very technical climb. The combination of tiny Cams and the soft porphyritic rock at the start bottom gave me a hard time. Placing the pro was really difficult from some holds, I could barely hang on to the crack...

On 9 January I tried the crack again with Michele Caminati. It was bloody cold and the sun kept disappearing behind the clouds - it was becoming less and less pleasant. "I'll five it one last go," I told myself. I wanted to show Luigi, who was there to film me , at least some interesting moves. And completely unexpectedly I managed to free Skinwalker.

The 25 meters are 8a, maybe 8a+, I don't know exactly. But it doesn't matter, because as Michele says: "In this case, the route's beauty is far more important than its difficulty." A Kingline, just a stone's throw from home!

by Florian Riegler

Links: Instagram Florian Riegler, FB Riegler Brothers, www.florianriegler.com, CAMP

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