The Tyrolean Alfons Dornauer sends the 4th ascent of the legendary route „Qui“ (9a+) on Geisterschmiedwand near Kufstein in Tyrol. For Alfons it was his first 9a+ route ever.

„Definitely my hardest ascent to date! After I broke a tiny and a crucial hold in the crux section I was fighting to keep the motivation high to keep on trying.
Now it’s even more rewarding to make the 3rd repetition after @adam.ondra and @roland_hemetzberger .

The route was first climbed by Stefan Fürst in 1996! and was not repeated until 2019. Stefan had originally graded it with 8c+. However, due to a hold break, the route may have become more difficult. The two repeaters Adam Ondra and Roland Hemetzberger would even grading the route 9a+ rather than 9a.

The route „Qui“ is the direct link up to „Wagnis Orange“ by Gehard Hörhager. The route „Wagnis Orange“ was first ascented by Gerhard in 1988 and was probably the second 8c route in the world after „Wallstreet“ in the Franconian Jura.

Der Tiroler Alfons Dornauer holt sich die 3. Begehung der legendären Route „Qui“ (9a+) an Geisterschmiedwand bei Kufstein in Tirol. Es war für Alfons seine erste 9a+-Route überhaupt.

Photo: (c) misha.p_photography