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Confirmed Line-up for the Waymaker Expert Jury


The first Atomic Waymaker – a completely new kind of ski-touring event challenging three-person teams to prove their versatility over both ascents and descents – is set to take place on the Dachstein on April 6 and 7, 2013. Who will choose the most challenging routes up and down the mountain? Who will record the most vertical meters? Who will make the most creative use of the Dachstein area? Five judges will assess the athletes’ every step and every turn in the Atomic Waymaker. These are the experts the teams will need to impress.

“In the Atomic Waymaker, all the teams have the same goal,” explains Heli Putz: “To experience the perfect ski touring day.” The Managing Director of Outdoor Leadership, and the man who came up with the idea of the new Atomic Waymaker competition format, will lead this debut event as Organizer and Head Judge. Heli Putz spent many years working as a mountain guide on the Dachstein and knows the area inside out. “If the teams plan their route cleverly,” he comments, “they can collect points over each meter”.

Alongside Heli Putz, four other jury members will be observing the teams from the start all the way to the finish line. The best known being Hannes Arch, Red Bull Air Race World Champion and BASE jumper. He began his sporting career as a state- approved mountain guide and ski guide and is fully aware of the challenges posed by the event. “The most fascinating part of the Waymaker for me is the amazing versatility required from each participant,” he comments.

The judges will assess all aspects of performance together, with each expert also contributing specific know-how in a particular area:
Beat Kammerlander, a native of the Voralberg region of Austria, alpine all-rounder and one of the world’s best sports climbers, will be focusing on the mountaineering challenges.

The Schladming-based all-round endurance athlete Andreas “Ringo” Ringhofer, the most successful Austrian athlete in the Ski Mountaineering World Cup, will be looking above all at the climbing sections and the basic speed achieved by the athletes.

While Matthias “Hauni” Haunholder – a member of the Atomic International Freeski Team and one of the Invited Riders at the Freeride World Tour – will be paying particular attention to ski descents.
We are really looking forward to being part of this completely new competition format,” says Hauni, “even if the job of juror has one big disadvantage: we can’t take part ourselves…

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Date: 28/02/2013