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Kurt Albert is dead - International Mountain Summit Mourns the Climbing Legend


Submitted by admin on 2010-09-30 | Last Modified on 2010-10-01

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The International Mountain Summit mourns the death of Kurt Albert, deceased on Tuesday, 28th of September, at 8.45 pm. Kurt Albert was a legendary climber and an important pioneer of free climbing. He is famous for having introduced the idea of redpoint into climbing. The term “Redpoint” is used to mark a route climbed from ground up with no falls, without the use of artificial help. The IMS team offers its sincere condolences to the family. As one of the world’s iconic climbers Kurt Albert was invited to the second edition of International Mountain Summit in Brixen/ Bressanone. His conference, as well as his walk with Jerry Moffatt, planned for Sunday, 7th of November, had already been awaited with great anticipation. The notice of his decease is a shock for mountain lovers around the world.

Kurt Albert, was gravely injured in a 60-foot (18m) fall from the “via ferrata” Hohenglucksteig in Bavaria, Germany, on Sunday. Even though rescue services arrived immediately and Kurt Albert was brought to the intensive care unit of the nearby hospital, he died two days later.

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Already acquired tickets for Kurt Albert’s conference and walk at the International Mountain Summit can be returned. Further information under the telephone number 0039 345 4141 868 or via email under ticket@ims.bz.

Kurt Albert – pioneer and climbing legend

The climbing scene in Franconia and Germany has lost one of its founding fathers and most beloved members. Kurt Albert was amongst Germany’s leading climbers of his generation. He has done a great number of difficult first ascents around the globe, including Eternal Flame on Nameless Tower, and Royal Flush on Fitz Roy. Notably, Albert is known as the inventor of the term “redpoint,” which he established by painting a red dot at the start of his routes in the Frankenjura area, after he succeeded climbing the route without artificial help, falls or stops. Kurt Albert was a free spirit and enthusiastic climber and person. He will be missed dearly.



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 brachialis
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 2010-10-01
5 out of 5 stars One must go in some way. He and W. Guellich had similar fates, it seems. They perform countless calculated risks on the rock, and then something of this sort happens. Sad! In any case, if you speak much German (or even if you don't) I recommend watching the documentary on Guellich and German climbing. Kurt was an important figure in it.
 illusiondweller
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 2010-10-20
Another...imagine that. Hope he is with God.
 jsunmatthews
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 2010-10-31
Second the documentary. The religions sentiments, not so much.
 jenblossom600
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 2011-02-18
Kurt this might be the second response from me, This is Jennifer Martin , I don't like this obituriary shit!! I love you and i have a scar from when jesse and Gina and Dave Whaley were visiting you in , "Germany", I have a scar from are , "Sauluteing' our beers. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I had so much fun climbing with you. You were so funny. This day was very sad for me because I was in jail on March 28th at 3:15pm 2010 for climbing some business building , during working hours, I had to get to the top. wall street wasnt to happy, whatever!! they are so serious, but anyway made it to the top and when they told me I was "Naughty for climbing there building, and aresseted me, my awesome dad died while i was in jail. His name is, "Richard Martin and he is probaley at happy hour craG OR HOUR OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WOW. i LOVE YOU AND MY DAD FOREVER. SEE YOU ONE DAY JENNIFER MARTIN 720-366-0933

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