Kurt Albert †

Germany • Sport climber
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  • Grade context: UIAA
  • Ascents: 91
  • Photos: 1
  • Favorites: 1
  • Followers: 6
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About Kurt Albert †

Kurt Albert (January 28, 1954 – September 28, 2010) was a climber and photographer. He started climbing at the age of 14. Before he wholly committed his life to climbing in 1986 he was a mathematics and physics teacher.

At the age of seventeen he climbed the Walkerpfeiler in the Grandes Jorasses and one year later he climbed the north face of the Eiger. After a visit to the Saxon Switzerland climbing area in Saxony, Germany in 1973 he recognized the potential of free climbing (free climbing was practised in Saxony since the early 19th century). He started to free climb in his home climbing area, the Frankenjura. In the routes he would now try to ascend while free climbing, he would—in between attempts—paint a red 'X' on the rocks near pitons he did not need as holds or steps. Once he could place a red 'X' on all the pitons and hooks in the route, and was thus able to free climb the entire route, he would paint a red dot at the base of the route. From this comes the English term "redpoint", which is derived from the German Rotpunkt, meaning "red dot" or "red point". In many ways this was the origin of the free climbing movement that led to the development of sport climbing some years later.

Albert was severely injured in a climbing accident on September 26, 2010. Albert fell 18 metres (59 ft) while taking pictures at via ferrata Höhenglücksteig close to Hirschbach, Bavaria. Albert died two days later while hospitalised in Erlangen.


Notable ascents

By style By type Diff. band Ascents Hardest ascent
Sport All free with rest
2 9 Magnet
65 9 Magnet 39 years ago
9 Luftballondach
Red point
6 9- Not for Stamp Collectors
9- Humbug
Trad Tick
7 9 Fegefeuer
Red point
2 9- Schweizer Führe
By area Diff. band Ascents Hardest ascent
Frankenjura Nord
77 9 Magnet 39 years ago
9 Luftballondach
Frankenjura Süd
3 9- USA-Dach
Nameless Tower
2 9+ Eternal Flame
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
2 9- Schweizer Führe
2 7- Cassin

Climber Performance Rating (CPR) Timelines

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Sport timeline (ascents)

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Sport 72 ascents

9 2
9- 9
8+ 11
8 10
8- 9
7+ 12
7 7
7- 3
6+ 8
6 1
  Red point   Tick   Other

Grades: UIAA

Trad 9 ascents

9 1
9- 2
8+ 1
7+ 1
7 1
7- 1
6+ 1
5+ 1
  Red point   Tick   Other

Grades: UIAA

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