Alpinists head out of Austria, through Italy and into Switzerland

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Athletes on their uphill from Morteratsch glacer. In the background Piz Palü with heavy winds and fog during Red Bull Der Lange Weg near Diavolezza Piz Palü, Switzerland on April 3, 2018 –
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Christian Gamsjäger / Red Bull Content Pool

Epic Red Bull Der Lange Weg journey from Vienna to Nice in full flow over Alps.

The world’s longest ski tour is crossing Switzerland as the six remaining international mountaineers continue to battle poor weather conditions on their journey from Vienna to Nice. Here is all you need to know.



 

–  The six remaining athletes attempting the challenge are: Tamara Lunger (ITA), Bernhard Hug (SUI), Philipp Reiter (GER), David Wallmann (AUT) and Janelle and Mark Smiley (USA) .

–  Altogether, they will have to overcome 1917 kilometres in distance and more than 85,000 metres of cumulative elevation gain on their travel over the Alps to Nice.

–  Only Austrian ski mountaineers Robert Kittl, Klaus Hoi, Hansjoerg Farbmacher and Hans Mariacher have mastered this adventure so far, in 1971.

–  So far, they have covered 881km in total. Day 17 on Monday April 2 was a huge 15-hour effort with 69 kilometres completed in distance and 3560 vertical metres in ascent.

All athletes saying goodbye to Nuria during Red Bull Der Lange Weg near Maiern, Italy on March 30, 2018 –
Photographer Credit:
Christian Gamsjäger / Red Bull Content Pool

– On Tuesday April 3, they also crossed through St.Moritz, the venue of the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics.

–  In the next few days they will tackle the mountains of Switzerland and make their way to Zermatt.

–  They will cross through Huf, the highest inhabited mountain village of Switzerland at 2,126 metres.

–  Bernhard Hug said: “With bad vision it’s really hard to judge avalanche safety, sometimes you have to choose a more careful route and this means a longer detour. That is probably the main difficulty, and the planning, when you always have to be careful.”

Bernhard Hug testing the snow stability during Red Bull Der Lange Weg near Maiern, Italy on March 30, 2018 –
Photographer Credit:
Christian Gamsjäger / Red Bull Content Pool

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