Palzer smashes 23km Watzmann crossing record
- In 2012, when he was just 19, Palzer set the first mark of 3h 27m. In 2015 he improved his record by around 17 minutes, then beat it again by chance in 2018 with a mark of 3h 06m 55s from a training session before compatriot Hannes Namberger, 31, recorded a new best of 3h 01m 53s on Tuesday June 23.
- Palzer's ski mountaineering season ended in early March, allowing the star endurance athlete many running training sessions at home in recent months.
- Even though he admitted to nerves beforehand, Palzer - who grew up in the climbing village of Ramsau with a view of the Watzmann to inspire him - looked in total control as he completed what most mountain climbers would usually do in about 15 hours as a two-day tour.
- The weather was perfect for the determined 27-year-old's record attempt as he covered a gruelling 23km in total with all of it above 2,300m in altitude as he realised his dream of a sub three-hour crossing.
- After knocking 14 minutes off the record, Palzer said: "I was so sure today. There was never a situation where it was critical and that's why it went so well."
Facts and times about Palzer's Watzmann crossing
- Date: 26.06.2020
- Start: Wimbachbrücke 06:58 hours
- Watzmannhaus: 49m
- Hocheck: 1h 21m
- Südspitze: 1h 45m
- Wimbachgrieshütte: 2h 18m
- Wimbachbrücke: 2h 47m