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Lena Müller earning her ecopoints by sending the 8a Kalypso at Geisterschmiedwand, after having travelled to the crag by train and bike. The Innsbruck University PhD student specialising in climate change is co-author of 'Sustainable climbing. The guidebook to Tyrol, Austria' which illustrates how to climb in a climate-friendly way at 21 different crags in Austria by travelling by train, bus and bike.
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Sustainable climbing. The guidebook to Tyrol, Austria by Lena Müller and Deniz Scheerer
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Biking and climbing in Tyrol, Austria
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Deniz Scheerer and Lena Müller, authors of the climbing guidebook 'Klimafreundlich Klettern. Ein Guidebook zur Anreise mit Bus, Bahn und Rad für Tirol'
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Sustainable climbing. The guidebook to Tyrol, Austria by Lena Müller, Deniz Scheerer

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Lena Müller and Deniz Scheerer have produced a climbing guidebook to climate-friendly rock climbing in Tyrol, Austria. Entitled 'Klimafreundlich Klettern. Ein Guidebook zur Anreise mit Bus, Bahn und Rad für Tirol', the guidebook promotes sustainability through the use of bus, train and bicycle to reach 21 different crags and is free of charge.

According to a member survey of the Austrian Alpine Club, almost 90% of those questioned in mountain sports use their own car to reach their destination and only about 10% of those questioned travel by public transport. The problem: planning a journey by public transport and by bike often seems time-consuming and expensive.

In order to make it easier to plan a climate-friendly climbing journey Lena Müller and Deniz Scheerer, both specialised in climate change, have now produced a totally new concept in climbing guidebooks entitled "Climate-friendly Climbing in Tyrol, Austria". As the name implies, this provides detailed descriptions of how to get to 21 climbing areas in Austria’s Tyrol by bus, train, bike and on foot. Furthermore, the guidebook shares useful knowledge on the topics of sustainable mobility, use of public transport, the climate crisis and environmental compatibility.


Lena Müller is a PhD student at Innsbruck University specialising in climate change and also an extremely proficient climber; in 2020 she made a rare ascent of the Beat Kammerlander trad testpiece Prinzip Hoffnung at Bürs, which she almost always reached via train from Innsbruck.

The new guidebook will be launched at 17:00 today at the Botanical Garden in Innsbruck and is free of charge; the print version will be available locally, while the online version will be available for download in mid-May."This was our dream from the outset" explained the 29-year-old "because we are convinced that sustainable mobility must be accessible for everyone!"



The 21 climbing areas in Tyrol, Austria, featured in the guidebook:
Mieminger Gebirge: Nassereith, Götterwandl, Karres, Haiminger Klettergarten, Simmering, Klettergarten Mötz, Locherboden
Ötztal: Rammelstein, Oetz, Armelen, Engelswand
Seefelder Plateau: Mauerbogen, Chinesische Mauer, Flämendwandl, Sonnenplatte
Innsbruck: Ehnbachklamm, Martinswand, Höttinger Steinbruch
Achensee: Grauwand
Kufstein: Morsbach, Geisterschmiedwand

Info: lenamueller.com/sustainable-climbing-guide/


The project was made possible thanks to VAUDE Sport Albrecht von Dewitz Foundation, Land Tyrol, ÖBB, ORTOVOX and POW Germany e.V. and Climbers Paradise Tirol.

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