Gear News – Fourth Ice Climbing Festival in Pontresina, 26th-27th March 2011

The longest and highest ice competition in Europe

The Ice Climbing Festival in Pontresina, Switzerland will take place on March 26 th and 27th for the fourth time. Ice climbers from all over Europe will meet at the tail end of the season for this special event. There will be a speed-climbing competition on the man made icefall below the gondola in the Diavolezza ski area, at 2800 meters above sea level in alpine terrain.

On Saturday 26 March 2011, there will be an impressive speed climbing competition on the man-made ice below Diavolezza. Teams of two will be competing over several pitches. Head-to-head, qualifying heats will be performed on one-pitch top roped climbs. The two fastest teams in each group will qualify for the finals. There will be two parallel top rope routes of about 100 meters. The team with the fastest combined time on both routes wins this one-of-a-kind speed-climbing competition.

The workshops on Sunday 27 March 2011 are open to all who want to try ice climbing for the first time or who want to pick up new tricks from some of the world’s leading ice climbing athletes. Top climbers Pietro dal Pra and Jack Müller will show their tips and tricks to small groups in a secure setting with mountain guides. Ice climbing equipment will be provided for testing all day.

In case of bad weather, the competition and workshops will be completely canceled. We decide on Wednesday, March 23rd 2011. The ice party takes place on Saturday night, in the “Talstation Languard Beizli” in Pontresina with a pasta dinner and a DJ for the music act; we‘ll celebrate anyway!

  • The sponsors of The Pontresina Ice Climbing Festival are: Arc’teryx, Bergbahnen Engadin St. Moritz AG, Black Diamond Equipment AG, Engadin St. Moritz, Go Vertical GmbH, Graubündner Kantonalbank, Millet und Pontresina Tourismus.
  • Find more information about the program as well as workshop registration and the competition at

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