After Barbara Zangerl, Austrian freeride skier and rock climber Nadine Wallner has now made the second female ascent of „Prinzip Hoffnung“ on the Buerser Platte in Vorarlberg (Austria). „Prinzip Hoffnung“ is one of the most famous Trad routes in Europe. The route had climbed Beat Kammerlander from now almost ten years in 2009. So far, the route ascented only seven 8 climbers, including Alex Luger, Jacopo Larcher, Fabi Buhl, Babsi Zangerl, Michael Gunsilius, Christian Bindhammer, last year by the only 16-year-old Nemuel Feurle and the now living in Switzerland Michi Wohlleben only this month. Together with Michi, the 29-year-old Vorarlberger Nadine Wallner projected the route. On the day of the successfull ascent by Michi also Nadine had a promising attempt, but she falled after the Crux only two meters before the belay. Professional freeskier Nadine Wallner is not a household name to most rock climbers beyond Vorarlberg. This may change soon as the double Freeride World Champion boasts a short and sweet ticklist of climbs that stuns for the sheer speed with which she has amassed her ascents. The 29-year-old from Klösterle, Austria, started climbing 4 years ago and after sending her first 8a-Route „Grenzgänger“ at Voralpsee – in May 2018, she leapt through the grades and sent the adjacent 8b/+ „Euphorie“ just a month later. As if this wasn’t enough, Wallner has now successfully transitioned from bolts to nuts & friends and climbed „Prinzip Hoffnung“. It was also her first Trad route.

Photo: (c) Archiv Wallner