A skier has completed the Transalp, skiing from the northern side of The Alps in Germany, through Austria and down into the south Tyrol of Northern Italy in less than 29 hours, completing the task in 28 hours and 45 minutes.
Normally is takes professional athletes three to six days to conquer the 210km (131 mile) distance with its 10,500 metres of vertical.
41-year-old Benedikt “Beni” Böhm who describes himself as a ‘Speed Alpinist’ and also works as the General Manager for Dynafit pushes the limits by skiing non-stop without any long breaks or sleep during his marathon effort last weekend, March 9-10, 2019.
Böhm had previously crossed the Alps back in 2006, together with five colleagues, in a then record time of just 2 1/2 days. This time he wanted to take on the route in one push and dedicate the project to a good cause.
The starting gun for the “Speed Transalp – Non-stop” went off at 6 a.m. on March 9 in Ruhpolding, Germany.
Böhm travelled across the main Alpine ridge toward Kasern in eight stages. In Seegatterl, Lofer, Hochfilzen, Hinterglemm, Jochberg, Neukirchen and Krimml, there were aid stations and gear stops where the speed alpinist could warm himself briefly, change, and get food and drink.
In order to guarantee good, steady progress, a six-person scouting team in the days prior to the attempt had set continuous tracks and marked the route.
Bohn’s project “Speed Transalp – Non-stop” had aimed to complete the challenge in 36 hours, but did much better than that.
Together, Böhm and mountain endurance