12 summits in 72 hours: Gietl climbs the Villnösser-Odle traverse solo

The South Tyrolean mountain guide Simon Gietl manages the first winter traverse of the Geislerspitzen single-handedly. All in all, the professional alpinist was on the road for three days and climbed twelve independent peaks of the Geisler group.

A year ago passed Simon Gietl single-handedly all the peaks of the Rosengarten skyline (Lacrux reported). The 38-year-old recently used the stable high-pressure situation for a new mega solo: the first Villnösser-Geisler traverse in the winter.

"After three long days and two bivouacs I reached Seceda - physically destroyed, but immensely happy."

Simon Gietl
With the solo winter crossing of the entire Odle Group, Simon Gietl achieved another milestone in his mountaineering career.
With the solo winter crossing of the entire Odle Group, Simon Gietl achieved another milestone in his mountaineering career.

Three long days and two nights

The South Tyrolean started on Tuesday morning at five in the morning in Campill and finished his mega traverse three days later in Seceda. Of the 12 peaks he climbed, most of them were unknown to him.

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The mountain guide and professional alpinist is known, among other things, for his great solo attempts in winter. Image: Simon Gietl
The mountain guide and professional alpinist is known, among other things, for his great solo attempts in winter. Picture: Simon Gietl

This added spice to his wintry solo, as he confirmed to a mountaineering portal: "Of course I did some research on the internet before I set off, but I quickly realized that I had underestimated the overall route and the complexity. »

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