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Date of birth: May 24 1988  Bludenz, Austria

Residence: Bludenz/Vorarlberg

Height: Unknown

Profession: Rock Climber

Achievements: 3 Free climbs on El Capitan (2015 FFA El Nino, 2016 FFA Zodiac, 2017 FFA Magic Mushroom)
FFA “free Odyssee” hardest free climb on the Eiger
Sportclimbs up to 9a
FFA “Alpine Trilogy” (Kaisers neue Kleider, Silbergeier, End of Silence)
FA Gondo Crack 8c/r, Switzerland (trad)
FFA Muy Caliente E9/E10, Pembroke/Wales
FFA “Prinzip Hoffnung” E9, 8b (tradroute, Vorarlberg)
2008-first female bouldering 8b (pura vida/Switzerland)

About: Austrian climber Barbara Zangerl started climbing at 14 yrs. old and considered the best all-around female climber in the world. She is the 2019 "National Geographic" Adventurer of the year.


"The most important thing about big wall climbing is that you have to know your partner really well. You have to work well as a team and understand the needs of the other."

In 2018, Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher claimed the coveted second ascent of the wall’s most difficult route—Odyssee (8a+). Dealing and fighting with loose, wet rock and unstable weather conditions, they spent four days living on the wall in order to reach the summit. This August, they returned to the wall in an attempt to re-climb Odyssee in less than a day and write their names into the “Nordwand’s” history book forever.

After enduring the runouts, whips, and painful hand jams, Babsi Zangerl became the first woman to succeed on Greenspit 5.14a/8b+, a route of mythical status.

Babsi Zangerl battles and sends Sprengstoff 5.14d/9a, the crags hardest route in Loruns, Austria

La Rambla 5.15a


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Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher in 2015 have repeated Odyssee, the difficult alpine outing up in the Eiger, from the ground up, in a single push

Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher imade the first repeat free ascent of Magic Mushroom 5.14a, El Capitan's hardest free climb second only to The Dawn Wall 5.14d.

Autsrian climber Babsi Zangerl clipped the chains of her first 9a  Speed Integrale in Switzerland in May 2018.

Barbara Zangerl and Nina Caprez  climb The Neverending Story (5.14a) The 1,400-foot climb, a runout Beat Kammerlander testpiece from 1991, was once the hardest multipitch in the world. ... After dialing everything in, Caprez and Zangerl scooped up the third and fourth ascents on consecutive days.

Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher captures the third  free ascent of of the notoriously difficult 16 pitch route Zodiac 5.13d on El Capitan

Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher captures the first free ascent of Gondo Crack, a thin slightly overhanging crack on the Italian Swiss border which eluded some of the world's experienced crack climbers. The following day Babsi climbed it without the bolts and climbed it as a trad route. This was heralded as one the hardest female trad climbs to date.

Babsi Zangerl, climbing the intimidating Bellavista, one of the hardest alpine multi-pitches in the world at 8c, with rusty pitons and terrible rock, she and her partner Jacopo Larcher depended on totally each other.

“The most important thing is not standing on the summit…probably the most important thing for me is to share these experiences with somebody."

Bold. Brave. Humble. These are the qualities that make BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl inspiring. From her historic bouldering ascents, 5.14 trad FA’s, to her epic big wall takedowns, Babsi may just be the best female climber in the world. Be Bold. Be Humble. Be Babsi.

Black Diamond Athletes Barbara Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher traveled to the famed crag of Dumbarton, home to a collection of iconic and extremely heady trad climbs in Scotland.



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