20. Juli 2019
Legenden der Sextner Dolomiten
150 Jahre Alpinismus
4 story tellers talk about 150 years of climbing history on the three peaks
In the anniversary year of the 150th first ascent of Cima Grande, Punta Tre Scarperi and Sassolungo, 4 personalities are invited to tell the story of the Sesto Dolomites in 4 short keynote talks: Dr. Helga Peskoller, Dr. Richard Goedeke, Christoph Hainz and Vittorio Messini.
They will reflect on the history of the Sesto Dolomites and tell stories, not about themselves, but about the legends, from the past to the present.
The Vertical Arena is an expert forum on the topic of mountaineering and takes place once a year in the village of Sesto at the foot of the Three Peaks. The event first took place 20 years ago. It was presented in its current form in the Vertical Arena 2017. Together with mountain guide Lisi Steurer, the Sesto Tourist Association has developed a new format for the event, at which renowned personalities from the alpine scene meet annually in Sesto and report on their activities in short lectures. In recent years, Hansjörg Auer, Nicola Tondini, Nadine Wallner, Steve House, Ines Papert, Simon Gietl and several other well-known alpinists have been guests in Sesto.
Dr. Helga Peskoller
1956, Hall i. T., Österreich
University professor, mountaineer and philosopher. Helga Peskoller spent 20 years with her parents on the alpine hut Bettelwurfhütte in the Karwendel and climbed her first mountain at the age of 9. She was active as an extreme mountaineer until well into the 1990s. She works as a professor at the University of Innsbruck with a focus on Historical Anthropology and Aesthetic Education, with many lectures and publications on the subject of mountains to her name, such as BergDenken. Eine Kulturgeschichte der Höhe (1997); extrem (2001) and, most recently, Der Sturz.
Dr. Richard Goedeke
1939, Braunschweig, Germany
Extreme climber and all-round mountaineer (141 first alpine ascents, plus over 1100 in the low mountain range) and numerous repeat climbs of the alpine classics. Richard Goedeke is the author of the Kletterführer Sextener Dolomiten and has completed numerous first ascents there. He is a founder member of the conservation group Mountain Wilderness and was awarded the Pelmo d’Oro of the Province of Belluno in 2009.
1962 , Percha, Südtirol
For three decades Christoph Hainz has been one of South Tyrol’s best-known all-round alpinists and climbers. The certified mountain guide became famous with his wild first ascents in the Dolomites and for his difficult ice and mixed routes all over the world. Christoph Hainz still develops modern routes in the Three Peaks and has been called “Peak Man” since his free solo ascent of the Comici Route on Cima Grande.
1988, Florenz, Italien
Since his childhood, Vittorio Messini has been living in Kals am Großglockner. The young father of a family works as a certified mountain guide and has already achieved numerous first ascents in rock and ice. In the winter of 2017 he succeeded in climbing all Three Peaks north faces together with Simon Gietl, with a time of only 5 hours 45 minutes. That same year, the roped party also tackled a very special route. Monte Ortles, 3 Peaks and Großglockner on technically challenging routes, 7,300 metres altitude, 363 kilometres on foot and by racing bike – in 48 hours!
Press release for the announcement of the Vertical Arena 2019 and a summary.
Vertical Arena 2019 in the press.