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Wolfgang Güllich was born on 24 October, 1960 in Ludwigshafen, West Germany, is a Professional. Discover Wolfgang Güllich's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 32 years old?

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Occupation Professional rock climber
Age 32 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born 24 October, 1960
Birthday 24 October
Birthplace Ludwigshafen, West Germany
Date of death (1992-08-31)Ingolstadt, Germany
Died Place Ingolstadt, Germany
Nationality Germany

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Wolfgang Güllich Height, Weight & Measurements

At 32 years old, Wolfgang Güllich height is 178 cm and Weight 68 kg.

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Height 178 cm
Weight 68 kg
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Who Is Wolfgang Güllich's Wife?

His wife is Annette Favery (m. 1991)

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Wife Annette Favery (m. 1991)
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Wolfgang Güllich Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2022-2023. So, how much is Wolfgang Güllich worth at the age of 32 years old? Wolfgang Güllich’s income source is mostly from being a successful Professional. He is from Germany. We have estimated Wolfgang Güllich's net worth , money, salary, income, and assets.

Net Worth in 2023 $1 Million - $5 Million
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Güllich is considered one of the greatest and most influential climbers in the history of the sport, and a pioneer in both technique and training. In 2013, when National Geographic announced Adam Ondra as an "Adventurer of the Year", they noted that the title of "world's strongest climber" was held by Güllich in the 1980s and early 1990s, then passed to Chris Sharma in 2001, and to Ondra in 2013; National Geographic said of Güllich: "In the '80s and early '90s German climber Wolfgang Güllich almost singlehandedly bumped the highest grade in rock climbing from 5.13d to 5.14d". In 2018, when Beth Wald wrote a preface to her 1987 Climbing interview with Güllich for the book Vantage Point: 50 Years of the Best Climbing Stories Ever Told, she introduced him as: "One of the finest rock climbers of all time the German Wolfgang Güllich developed cutting-edge training regimes that today have become commonplace...". In 2022, on the 30th anniversary of his death, PlanetMountain called him: "A truly visionary figure, his influence extends well beyond sport climbing and even today his routes in far-flung corners of the globe such as Patagonia and the Karakorum are considered absolute milestones in big wall climbing in the high mountains". In 2022, Die Zeit called Güllich, "One of the best unknown athletes that have ever existed in Germany", noting that rock climbing was still a developing sport in the country.


He was a climbing double for Sylvester Stallone in the 1993 movie Cliffhanger, along with Ron Kauk.


On 29 August 1992 Güllich fell asleep at the wheel of his car and veered off the autobahn between Munich and Nuremberg as he made his way home from an interview. Two days later on 31 August 1992 he died in a hospital in Ingolstadt, never having regained consciousness. He was buried in Obertrubach.


In 1990, he met nurse Annette Favery whom he married one year later; Annette was photographed belaying him on his famous first free ascent of Action Directe on 14 September 1991; which happened just five days after their wedding.


In addition to driving new grades of sport climbing routes, in 1989, Güllich, Kurt Albert, Christof Stiegler, and Milan Sykora, added what was called a "milestone" in big wall climbing with the first ascent of Eternal Flame (IX- A2) on the Nameless Tower in the Karakoram. In 1991, with Kurt Albert, Bernd Arnold, Norbert Bätz and Peter Dittrich, they made another breakthrough in big wall climbing with Riders on the Storm (IX A3) on the Paine Towers in Patagonia. Güllich believed that extreme rock climbing at altitude was in its early stages, and the expeditions allowed him to recharge from sport climbing.


Güllich was the first-ever person to free solo at grade 7c (5.12d) with his 1986 ascent of Weed Killer, and in that same year did his iconic free solo of Separate Reality. He made first ascents of important new big wall climbing routes on the Trango Towers and the Paine Towers. With long-time climbing partner Kurt Albert, he revolutionized the training techniques for sport climbers, and the introduction of the campus board in particular. Güllich carried the mantle of "world's strongest sport climber" until his death in a car accident at age 31, after which it would be later taken up by Chris Sharma.

Güllich maintained an intensive and scientific approach to training for climbing, sometimes taking on specific training techniques for individual climbs. While training for Action Directe, Güllich invented the campus boarding to develop plyometric strength in his fingers and arms. Güllich co-authored with Andreas Kubin a 192-page German book on training for sport climbing called Sportklettern heute (1986), and was an early advocate of bouldering as a way to improve his technique and build performance, saying "the hardest routes are extended boulder problems"; he also studied the use of the "deadpoint". Güllich's advice would often extend beyond the physical, and was a source of notable quotes indcluding: "A man doesn't go to drink coffee after climbing, coffee is integral part of the climbing".


In 1984, Güllich would begin an extraordinary series of years where he would create several hardest new grade sport climbs in the world – the most of any climber in history. He started by redpointing the first-ever 8b (5.13d) X, in history with Kanal im Rücken. The next year, on a trip to Australia, he redpointed the first-ever 8b+ (5.14a) X+ in history with Punks in the Gym. In 1987, Güllich redpointed the first-ever 8c (5.14b) XI- in history with WallStreet. In 1991, he made the first-ever redpoint of a 9a (5.14d) XI, in history with Action Directe, which was described as "Güllich's Masterpiece". In 2019, Francis Sanzaro, the editor of Rock & Ice, called the 1991 photograph Güllich, mid-flight on the crux dyno of Action Directe, as "the most iconic photo of hard climbing ever taken".


Güllich made several notable trips to the US, coming to international attention in 1982 with the first repeat of Tony Yaniro [fr]'s historic 1979 8a (5.13b) route, Grand Illusion in Lake Tahoe. He also completed most of the other hardest routes in the US at the time including Equinox 5.13a (7c+) in Joshua Tree, and Cosmic Debris 5.13a (7c+) in Yosemite. On a 1984, visit to the Shawangunks he repeated Intruders and Project X. On a 1986 trip, Güllich made his iconic free solo of Separate Reality, 7a (5.11d), in Yosemite, photographed by Heinz Zak [de]. Güllich travelled extensively including to China, the USSR and to the Sinai Desert. On a 1986 trip to Britain, he did the world's first-ever free solo at 7c (5.12d) on Weed Killer at Reven Tor, but later broke his back falling from Master's Edge at Millstone Quarry.


Güllich quickly became one of the best climbers in his region, making the first free ascent of the aid route, Jubiläumsriss (VII-), at the age of 16. In 1981, he left the sandstone Südpfalz region to live in the limestone Frankenjura region, where a group of leading German and British climbers were starting to raise standards, including German climber Kurt Albert and British climber Jerry Moffatt, who would both become life-long friends and training partners of Güllich. In 1983, Güllich freed the first German grade IX+ 5.13a (7c+) route of Mister Magnesia, just a few weeks before Moffatt freed Eckel (XI+), also in the Frankenjura.

After moving to the Frankenjura in 1981, Güllich spent eleven years sharing an apartment, which included a gym in the cellar, with his life-long climbing partner Kurt Albert. The pair became famous for their hospitality and generosity to other international sport climbers. The Guardian said: "Their flat became a meeting house for climbers from all over the world, testament to the ability of both men to make friends wherever they went". Climbing said of their apartment, "[it] became one of the most significant addresses in free-climbing history. It was essentially an open-house for the best sport climbers of the 1980s, people like Ben Moon, Ben Masterson, Ron Fawcett, Ron Kauk and John Bachar", and adding: "in an era before the Internet, their place was a hub of ideas and information".


Wolfgang Güllich (24 October 1960 – 31 August 1992) was a German rock climber, who is considered one of the greatest and most influential climbers in the history of the sport. Güllich dominated sport climbing for most of the decade after his 1984 ascent of Kanal im Rücken, the world's first-ever redpoint of an 8b (5.13d) route. He continued to set more "new hardest grade" breakthroughs than any other climber in sport climbing history, with Punks in the Gym in 1985, the world's first-ever 8b+ (5.14a), Wallstreet in 1987, the world's first-ever 8c (5.14b), and with Action Directe in 1991, the world's first-ever 9a (5.14d).

Wolfgang Güllich, was born in 1960 in Ludwigshafen, West Germany; the first son of Ursula and Fritz (Snr) Güllich. His father introduced him to aid climbing at the age of 13, and by age 15, he was climbing almost every weekend in the Südpfalz region with his younger brother Fritz (who in 1978 would die in a climbing accident). After an encounter with Reinhard Karl, a leading figure in German mountaineering at that time, Güllich decided to apply himself even more intensively to climbing, and to free climbing in particular – which at that time was traditional climbing as sport climbing was still not widely practiced.