Already as a child Angelika liked hiking with her mother in the
mountains of South Tyrol and climbing trees in her garden.
After she got in touch with a rock for the first time in her life at the
age of 10, doing her very first fixed-rope route, she couldn’t think
about anything but climbing.
The climbing hall, that was opened two years later in her hometown
Merano, gave Angelika the possibility to indulge her passion with
every fibre of her body. She took part in regional, national and
international competitions and, after winning the Junior Italian
Championships several times, in 2007 she reached one of her
career goals by becoming Senior Italian Champion in
Than in 2009 Angelika’s childhood dream came true: she became
World Champion in Ice Climbing in Saas Fe, Switzerland, a goal she
was aiming for many years. In 2011 she was able to defend the title
in Busteni, Rumania and to become again World Champion. In 2013
she conquers the incredible third World Championship in a row! In
2015 Angelika becomes 2nd at the World Championship in
Rabenstein in Passeier, close to her hometown Meran and in the
same year she wins for the second time after her success in 2012,
the World Cup overall ranking.
On the rock Angelika climbs routes until the grade 8b+ and with the
first female ascent of the route “Italia 61”, 8a, 250m on Piz
Ciavaces in the Dolomites, in 2008 she got a nice result also in this
ambit of climbing.
Not only in sports Angelika loves to be in touch with nature. In 2008
she earned a B.A. degree in Agricultural Economics at the
University of Bolzano.
Subsequently she works for several years at the agricultural
research centre Laimburg.
Translation Armin Innerhofer