Austrian Climber Sends Her Local Lorüns Crag’s Hardest Route

Austrian climber Babsi Zangerl is the star in Black Diamond’s latest video series: ‘Committed.’

Blundenz, Austria, local Babsi Zangerl, 33, has been climbing bigwall, trad, and sport routes for over a decade. She’s made five free climb ascents of El Cap, and she’s climbed numerous 5.14s across Switzerland and Italy.

In this Black Diamond film, we get a taste — and look — of Zangerl tackling a route closer to home.

Austria’s Lorüns is a sport climbing crag that’s home to decades’ old historical routes. But, it’s got new routes as well.

Case in point: The Austrian climber’s partner Jacopo Larcher recently finished up a 30-year project: establishing the crag’s hardest route, Sprengstoff (graded 9a). Over the course of the past 12 months, Zangerl committed herself to make Sprengstoff’s second ascent.

The film follows her journey on this mission. Stay tuned to find out what happens.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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