Region: Meran and environs
If you are searching for the absolute challenge and if you spare neither severe cold nor pains and highest concentration, you are dead right at this event in the last part of the valley Passeier.
Or rather: "ice right", because between 29th and 31th January 2016 there will meet again the best ice climbers of the world. And they all have just one ambition: to conquer the ice tower of Rabenstein and to be speedier and better then all the rest of them.
After all the frosty climbing wall in the peaceful hamlet at the foot of the mountain pass Timmelsjoch isn’t easy at all. Quite the contrary: It is considered as one of the most demanding artificial ice climbing tower in Europe. The remarkably height of 25 m, several overhangs, difficult sections and traverses will surely demand a great deal of the pro climbers.
Difficulty and speed climbing
The Icefight includes two competition disciplines: On the one hand there is the difficulty climbing, where the athletes have to cope with the routes within a defined time – on the other hand the speed climbing, where they have to vanquish the ice tower as quickly as possible. The organizers of the ice climbing event in Rabenstein expect again numerous stars of the ice climbing scene.
For Saturday there are scheduled the qualification rounds, for Sunday the semi-final and the finale. Something new is the big opening ceremony on the Thermenplatz square in Meran, where all participants will be introduced to the public.
By the way, if you would like to test ice climbing on your own, of course you can do that in Rabenstein, too: every Saturday and Sunday from 13.30 and every Tuesday and Friday evening from 19:00 – always under survey of the ice tower team and at the price of 7 €. The necessary equipment can be borrowed for a fee on the ground.
Image source: Team ice tower Rabenstein