09 Mar Spiel mit dem feuer (Playing with fire) in Pitzal
On January 30, the Austrian climber Bernard Hangl carried out the first ascent of a big iced column in the Pitztal.
The free-standing is located on the right side of the valley in front of the village of Weixmannstall (after St.Leonhard and before Neurur).
The icefall – that Hangl graded WI6 – is 30 meters long, on 15 meters pedestal.
The name (Playing with fire) enlights the difficulties of the ascent, even if Hangl said it was a solid structure.
In the same day, the first repeat of the ice-fall, by a strong swiss – italian party, Floriano Martinaglia and Lallo Spennacchi who eyed the free-standing during another visit in the Pitzal
Martinaglia reported an attempt before January 30, but he was forced to discontinue, in reason of the dangers of the structure.
In Pitztal, the big valley West of Innsbruck, were still climbable until few days ago, some nice iced lines near the village of St.Leonhard, as Havanna, Pfitschenfall and Monsterline.
Source: climbing.de and up-climbing