Angelika Rainer





KARPOS AND ANGELIKA RAINER

 

Angelika is a woman with many strong points and, like us, is driven by the desire to learn, discover new places, discover new challenges that allow to better understand the world around us and ourselves.  

She is calm, but strongly committed, which is typical of those who know what they are capable of. That is reassuring! But her smile is contagious, and her eyes are full of curiosity for what will happen tomorrow… like us at Karpos! Let’s discover our future together!



BIOGRAPHY

 

I was born in Merano, in the Trentino Alto Adige region, on the 18th of October 1986. Since my childhood, I went to the mountains and experienced every aspect of nature; thanks to my mother who used to bring me every weekend to walk or trek. So, I almost didn’t notice that I was falling in love with being up there.

Climbing is something natural for me: when I was a kid, I used to climb the trees of the garden, to sit down on the top and enjoy the landscape. That was the same case for every boulder or wall I stumbled upon.

The opening of the indoor climbing gym in Merano, in 1988, offered me the opportunity to practice a sport which I had always been interested in and had dreamt of. I was 12 and felt it would have involved and motivated me since day one. Already at the beginning I took part to regional climbing competitions and later on to national and international events.  

What I consider to be my biggest success are becoming three times world champion of ice climbing and winning the world cup two times. Alongside that, I managed to get to the top of the podium at several international masters like the Elite Mixed Climbing Competition in Ouray (Colorado) and the Red Bull White Cliffs Event on the Wight island (England). Being able to stand out at all these competitions (sometimes very different from each other) fills me with joy because I think this is a result of my versatility.

 

I had begun to practice indoor climbing, and later rock climbing, but I didn’t decide to settle. In 2008 I entered the world of mountaineering for the first time and climbed the legendary “Italia 61” (Piz Ciavazes mountain - Dolomites), doing the first female ascent of this 8a route. During the winter I used to take part to ice climbing competitions, as well as to look for new outdoor projects.

In 2014 I did the first (and to date only) female ascent of an ice pitch at the spectacular Helmcken Falls (Canada). Then, in December 2017, I celebrated what I still consider my biggest achievement: the first female ascent of the D15 dry tooling route A Line Above the Sky. Such a difficulty had only been reached by a few men. Six months later I managed to clip the chain of my first 8c rock climbing route.

In my opinion pursuing my limits is important for what I do, and I like to practice the several disciplines of climbing, even if this means starting from the fundamentals. Rock climbing during the summer, ice climbing with its disciplines (ice, mixed and dry tooling) and competing brought with themselves new challenges throughout the year as well as lots of motivation.

Given that I have always wanted to experience nature, I didn’t put any limit to that and graduated in agriculture sciences at the University of Bolzano (in Trentino Alto Adige) and worked for five years at a centre for agriculture studies, combining work with climbing. But, since a few years, I’m a professional athlete and I can focus exclusively on climbing.

Like me, Karpos was born on the south face of the alps. We both are rooted in the mountains and this link is what powers us. We look up towards the peaks which surround us and this is the reason why I'm happy to be part of this great family and to share with it every moment of my daily sport activities!