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 in sportsclimbing several times, in 2007 she reached one of her career goals by becoming Senior Italian Champion in Sportsclimbing.
In 2009 Angelika's childhood dream came true: she became World Champion in Ice Climbing in Saas Fe, Switzerland. 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.
But in the Winter Angelika does not only participate in World Cup competitions, but has also repeted some of the most difficult ice-, mixed- and Drytooling routes in the world. In November 2017 she climbs the Drytooling route 'A line above the sky' and becomes the first women to climb a route graded D15.
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