First winter ascent of L Cator in Odle Group

Adam Holzknecht and Hubert Moroder on the most difficult itinerary of the Parete Rossa di Brogles

15 February 2009   Both Alpine Guides of the famous Catores team of Wolkenstein-Val Gardena and successful alpinists, Holzknecht and Moroder carried out the first winter repetition of L Cator, the most difficult route of the Parete Rossa di Brogles in the Odle Group. L Cator was completed in 1989 by the brothers Karl and Benno Vinatzer and Holzknecht himself (VIII A2 trad protections) The itinerary is very attractive on a overhanging, beautiful wall of 200 m. The ascent was done on a low temperature (-7 degrees , the wall is full N exposed); at the exit they had to perforate with the hammer a big corniche 2 m high. During last winters, the two climbers carried out the first winter ascents of two others routes of the wall: Franz Runggaldier, (Adam Holzknecht with Karl Unterkircher 1997 VIII-) and Rudi Runggaldier VI e A2, an artificial route 1985 of Simon Demetz and Simon Holzknecht.    
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