A Short Walk Up Wildspitze with Robert Jasper 1. Photo Essay

© Mick Ryan -
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It's not all sitting in front of a computer at UKC, or being on the phone, or visiting outdoor companies, sometimes I actually get out. It's not been a bad year: Mallorca, Spain, Skye, Arran, the Peak, Pembroke, NW Scotland, the Lakes, Yorkshire, North Wales, Norfolk...yes Norfolk. A highlight was the Oetztal Alps in Austria on a trip organised by Adidas Eyewear to promote their new alpine sunglasses/goggles, the Terrex Pro. A big thanks to Ben Ashlin and Martine Melki-Neumüller at Adidas Eyewear for the invite.

Wildspitze, 3770 m, is the second highest mountain in Austria and is situated in the Oeztal Alps in the North Tirol (Grossglockner at 3798 meters is the highest). We caught a cable car up from Vent then hiked up to the Breslauer Huette at 2365m. Here the assembled outdoor journalists from all over Europe (about 30 of us) were treated to a hearty meal and a slide show by the acclaimed alpinist Robert Jasper ( Alpinists Robert Jasper, Leo Houlding, Tim Emmett, and Matt Helliker have all been involved in the development of the new Adidas alpine sunglasses/goggles. We will have more on the new Terrex Pro later this month.

An early start saw us slogging up a glacier and a steep gully to the ridge that led to the summit. It was a grand day out, moderate in alpine difficulty, but excellent fun. Hope you like my photographs of the day.

All photos © Mick Ryan

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He's bad. The mean looking super alpinist, Robert Jasper. Click on the photo to make him even meaner.. He's actually lovely and looked after everyone.

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A cable car from Vent at 1900m, then a short hike to the Breslauer Huette at 2365m.

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Breakfast at 4.30am at the Breslauer Huette.

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A snake of lights leave the hut.

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We went via the Mitterkarjoch, mostly snow plodding with one steep section, a snowed up gully.

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As we got higher the views were breathtaking.

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Our roped up team of five were the first to the summit.

Herr Jasper was a little out of breath.

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I needed a cuppa on the summit and wanted to test my Primus EtaPackLite Stove at altitude. If you are wondering what the container on the left is. It is commemorative tin box (used to contain chocolate orange sprinkles) to celebrate the marriage of the heir apparent to the Dutch throne Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Máxima. I store my coffee in it.

The stove worked well, altitude was 3774m (around 12,300ft), and in a coupla minutes the the snow was melted and the water boiling.

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And the freshly brewed coffee, Illy of course, and yes that is a French press cup, was good

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Then down a semi exposed snow ridge to the lower north summit


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Looking back at the summit

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Then a big trog down over glaciers and weaving in between crevasses

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....and we are happy and having fun....

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Although our eyes were well protected by the Adidas Terrex Pro sunglasses your eyes aren't the only organs you have to protect at altitude

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Then a couple of kilometres over glaciers back to the hut. Not that steep, but because of a steep drop off we stayed roped and wore crampons. Then it was off to the Silhouette factory in Linz where Adidas Eyewear are based, to witness how the sunglasses we were wearing are made.

Click to find out more about Terrex Pro

Mick Ryan climbing on the Peñon de Ifach on the Costa Blanca  © Alan James
Mick Ryan climbing on the Peñon de Ifach on the Costa Blanca
© Alan James
Mick Ryan is the Senior Editor and Advertising Manager at Mick started climbing in 1978 when in sixth form at St. Mary's College Blackburn (Lancashire, England). He enjoys all types of climbing and climbers and has climbed all over the UK, Europe and the USA. Highlights include doing the Old Man of Hoy and Devil's Tower in Wyoming. Mick was a co-founder of Rockfax guidebooks in the early 1990s before moving to Bishop, California enjoying the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and the boulders in the Owens Valley. After 12 years in the States he moved back to the UK in 2006 to become the full-time editor at Mick's role grew over the next year and in 2008 Mick become the dedicated Advertising Manager, as well as Senior Editor at UKC.

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4 Sep, 2009
4 Sep, 2009
Good photos. They brought back good memories of my trip up it nearly half a century ago. The only differences are that the Beslauer Huette looks really upmarket with table clothes and flowers! Then it was basic, just plain timber tables and benches, and no finesse! I was also staggered by the number of people on the route. We climbed it in August back then and there was only one other party of 3 on it. The summit cross looks unchanged One of the reasons why I now avoid the Alps and prefer to explore and climb in lessor known mountain areas.
4 Sep, 2009
I did share coffee with several and I avoided asking Robert about "the Great Norwegian Bolt Controversy of 2009" but of course it did cross my mind ; o ) M
4 Sep, 2009
Was his wife Daniella there as well? She's an amazing climber in her own right and very nice. We shared a campsite with them in Lofoten ages ago and she was very friendly.
4 Sep, 2009
This brings back memories, 1968 I was 16 and we had a school trip by train to the Oetztal we climbed the Wildspitze, Similaun, Ramolkogel, Weisskugel and others. The cost was £40 all in and we lived of Bolton bread,tuna and jam for the first week and schwartbrot, tuna and jam the second week. Those were the days when teachers who thought they could do it just selected suitable kids and did it. Part of the selection was traversing the whole of the A'Chir ridge on Arran, no ropes in the party. Strangely one of the accompanying teachers tried to talk me out of rockclimbing as it was too dangerous (a fellow schoolboy had broken his back at Wilton Quarries earlier
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