Over the past 20 days, Tamara Lunger, NÃºria Picas, Janelle Smiley, Mark Smiley, David Wallmann, Philipp Reiter and Bernhard Hug have crossed the Alps from Vienna to Nice. While NÃºria Picas has withdrawn from Red Bull Der Lange Weg, the others have crossed the Spluga Pass and continue their journey west.
It’s almost halfway, the 20th of the 41 days that Tamara Lunger, NÃºria Picas, Janelle Smiley, Mark Smiley, David Wallmann, Philipp Reiter and Bernhard Hug have to cross the Alps from Vienna to Nice on skis.
In the first 18 days of their project called Red Bull Der Lange Weg, the seven ski mountaineers only had 4 days of great weather and this obviously influenced the progress; they had to give up hope of climbing the Piz PalÃ¼, for example, as the conditions turned out to be too dangerous. Nevertheless, after entering Italian territory on March 28 and after NÃºria Picas’ decision to abandon the crossing, the long ski-mountaineering journey continues unabated. Yesterday the team crossed the Col de la Spluga and are now heading towards Saas-Fee and Zermatt before continuing on to Courmayeur and Mont Blanc.
So far, mountaineers have walked and skied over 916 km, with a positive elevation gain of over 45,808 meters. Although they are slightly ahead of the Austrians who completed the crossing in 1971, it should be noted that due to unfavorable conditions this year’s team were not able to follow the entire original course. Rightly so, because as always the first and only rule is mountain safety.