Weißer Riese (“White Giant”): A Natural Phenomenon


Thursday, 24 September

Advertorial: “My favourite route in Noesslach! It’s impeccable face climbing. It’s awesome, varied movement on a beautiful and polished piece of blank white stone with a cool mix of crimps, cracks, ledges and ribs.” (Barbara Bacher)

• Climbing Area: Noesslach, Ötztal Valley
• Grade: 6b
• Length: 20 meters
• First Ascensionist: Christoph Rimml (1985)

This natural phenomenon, a puzzling streak of blank white stone amidst the otherwise grey granite wall, marks what is probably the most beautiful route in the Noesslach Climbing Area. With plenty of crimps, cracks, ledges and ribs, this Ötztal classic forces almost nonstop hand jams and good climbing technique. Although in the comparably low 6b range, this climb is special because of its concentration. A lot of skill for climbing the “White Giant” is thinking creatively and staying focused till you clip the chains. The rock is southwest to west-facing, which makes it a perfect climbing spot from spring to late fall. Video presentation

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