The famous Austrian mountaineer Robert Renzler died in the Tyrolean Alps

The famous Austrian mountaineer Robert Renzler died in the Tyrolean Alps

67 years old Robert Renzler, a highly regarded mountaineer, guide and longtime secretary general of the Austrian Alpine Club, died on May 20 on the Stafflacher Wand in the Tyrolean Alps. The accident happened while descending.

Robert Renzler (architecture photo Robert Renzler / DAV)


After finishing the climb, Robert Renzler and his 31-year-old son began to memorize. It is said that the accident was caused by a malfunction, but we do not know the details. Robert fell 60 meters and was seriously injured. His son, with the help of another climber, descended to him as quickly as possible. He started CPR. After a short time, a helicopter with rescuers arrived at the crash site. Unfortunately, Robert died on the way to the hospital.

Robert Renzler was the secretary general of the Austrian Alpine Club from 2002 to 2020. For many years he fought for the protection of the environment, especially in the Alps. He was the organizer of the First World Climbing Championships in Innsbruck. President of the UIAA mountain commission. He was dedicated to the climbing community and inspired young climbers over the years.

A statement from the Austrian Alpine Club reads:

His sudden and unexpected death shocked us deeply and filled us with great sadness. Robert Renzler died doing what was not only his passion, but also the essence of life. We have lost a family member whose wonderful personality and dedication will remain forever in the hearts of our Club members.

During his climbing career, he conquered many difficult routes in the Alps and Yosemite, and also participated in the highest mountain expeditions, where, among others, he climbed Gasherbrum II in alpine style and without oxygen and Masherbrum and the north face.

Sources: UIAA, LaCrux,