ALBERT LEICHTFRIED

ALBERT LEICHTFRIED

DATE OF BIRTH: 1976
NATIONALITY: AUSTRIA

Bio

"Mountains give and mountains take.

It is a fascinating world where someone can learn a lot of it, but also can lose everything"

 

Albert tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Water in all its forms has fascinated him since he was a child: a top skier, a passionate windsurfer, a qualified meteorologist. He lives with his wife Vroni and their dog Mira in Lans near Innsbruck. He tries to find the right balance in the combination of his passions, which led him on a quest to discover the unexplored. His has made numerous and difficult first ascents on rock and ice. He is considered one of the strongest ice climbers of his generation.
A big dream came into reality for him when he worked on the intense TV-project “Iceland” for Servus-TV in 2018 and 2019. He traveled to Iceland twice for climbing and filming some really cool first ascents in the Northern part of Iceland. As well as we worked on the film at home in Austria in summer- and wintertime to get some local material. See the video HERE.

Interview

1) Who is your favorite climbing partner and why?
My wife Veronika, because we know each other perfectly and that gives big trust and fun…
2) Which is the first La Sportiva shoes/boot you used?
Katana
3) What is your favorite climbing/mountaineering book?
Hermann Buhl, Achttausend drüber und drunter
4) What is the mountain you would like to see at least one time in your life?
No specific goal, I try to be spontaneaous
5) Do you take part to a charity or cultural project?
The last project was for the climbing world championships in Innsbruck were we tried to promote the paraclimbing team (VIDEO).
6) What's in the air?
Finding some remote places to climb new lines and try to bring a part of the atmosphere onto the climbing scene through interesting film or photo material.

 

In primo piano

  • 2005 World championships Ice climbing, Saas Fee – 3rd place
  • 2006 First ascent of “Illuminati”, M11+/WI6+, Vallunga
  • 2010 First ascent of “Centercourt” WI7+, Gastein
  • 2013 First ascent of “Senza piombo” M10 clean, Vallunga
  • 2018 First ascent of “Shelter of the gods” M10, Asbyrgi, Iceland

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