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Christoph Höbenreich: ”The primary goal is to make a stunning documentary about this miraculous wonder world."
courtesy Christoph Hobenreich

Queen Maud Land.
courtesy Christoph Hobenreich


Austrian Queen Maud Land 2009 expedition images © Christoph Höbenreich (click to enlarge)

Debrief: Austrian Queen Maud Land ski and climb expedition; 11 first ascents

Posted: Jan 12, 2010 04:25 pm EST
(ThePoles.com) Christoph Höbenreich, Paul Koller and Karl Pichler climbed 11 first ascents out of 15 peaks of several mountains and nunataks during their November/December 2009 Queen Maud Land expedition on Antarctica.

Christoph sent ExplorersWeb a report about the expedition. The team didnt take any tech to write daily updates on the Internet. Here goes Christoph Höbenreichs report:

First for Austria

The first ever Austrian skiing and mountaineering expedition to Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, returned home safely and very successfully.

The expedition was initiated, organized and led by veteran polar explorer, UIAGM-mountain guide and geographer Dr. Christoph Höbenreich from the Tyrol, Austria.

The team included members Paul Koller and Karl Pichler from Austria.

Well-known and untouched peaks

The expeditions goal was to ski from the well-known peaks around the famous rock cathedral of Ulvetanna (2.931 m) towards the east to explore and climb some of the still untouched mountains and peaks of Holtedahl-, Kurze- and Conradfjella.

The Austrian Ski-Route

In 2009 the team flew from Cape Town, South Africa, with ALCIs Ilyushin Il-76 to Novo Airbase.

From there they were lifted to their start-point near Holtanna BC by Twin Otter.

Their challenging route, now known as The Austrian Ski-Route, crosses some of the most spectacular ice- and rock landscapes in the world.

Eleven first ascents

Along their route the Austrians climbed not less then 15 peaks of several mountains and nunataks, 11 of them were first ascents.

Besides ascents of "Tungespissen (2.277 m), "Mundlauga (2.455 m) and "Sandneshatten (2.280 m) the most prominent first ascents and new named summits were:

"Tiroler Spitze (="Tyrolean Spire, S 71°5215,8, E 008°5500,6, 2.201 m, UIAA grade IV),

"Austrian Peak (S 71°5227,9, E 008°5450,6, 2.177m),

"Peak Alexey Turchin (S 71°5119,8, E 009°0012,7, 2.232 m),

"Kamelbuckel (="Camel-Hump, S 71°5028,1, E 009°0001,5, 2.184 m),

"Mount Galileo (S 71°5523,6, E 009°0138,8, 2.528 m) and

"Peak of Silent Solitude (S 71°5459,2, E 009°0328,1, 2.550 m).

The Austrian team:

Dr. Christoph Höbenreich is the initiator and leader. As a geographer and UIAGM mountain and ski mountaineering guide he has vast polar experience: He was field and safety guide at the Austrian Broadcasting Companys expeditions exploring the Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land for five months (summer 1993, winter 1994).

He has led the first Austrian ski last degree trip to the North Pole in 1997 (he initiated the trips for he first time with VICAAR).

Christoph guided clients to Mt.Vinson (2000), worked as ANI Vinson Base Camp Manager in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and climbed Vinson four more times.

Christoph led the first Austrian dogsled-expedition across Greenland (2003) and the legendary Payer-Weyprecht-Memorial-Expedition across Franz Josef Land (2005); was lecturer on board icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn to Franz Josef Land (2006) and led another ski last degree trip to the North Pole in behalf of VICAAR (2008).

Paul Koller, UIAGM mountain- and ski mountaineering guide, has climbed Mt.Everest, Gasherbrum 2, Broad Peak, Denali, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus and Carstenz and has crossed Greenland with skis and kites.

Karl Pichler, teacher and alpinist, has various climbing experience on the peaks of the Eastern and Western Alps.

On his 11th polar expedition Christoph Höbenreich was inspired with new ideas and therefore plans to be back for more Antarctic adventures in the near future. He is going to lead a South Georgia ski-crossing in Oct./Nov. 2010; there is still place to join their team. For more information check On his 11th polar expedition Christoph Höbenreich was inspired with new ideas and therefore plans to be back for more Antarctic adventures in the near future. He is going to lead a South Georgia ski-crossing in Oct./Nov. 2010; there is still place to join their team. For more information click here or contact Christoph: christoph.hoebenreich(a)aon.at.
or contact Christoph: christoph.hoebenreich(a)aon.at.
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