Bernd Zangerl, was born in 1978 in Flirsch am Arlberg, a small village located in the western part of Tyrol. Being surrounded by mountains it didn´t take long until small Bernd started to get drawn to the majestic, mysterious and seemingly endless world of ridges glaciers, gorges and peaks that stretched beyond his front door.
Bernds grandfather was the first to the understand his nephew´s mesmerization and took him on hikes through the woods and it was under his guidance Bernd reached his first summits. The passion for mountains, rocks and summits had sparked but it wasn´t until 1994 that then 16 year old Bernd´s passion became more specific. In that very year Bernd picked up „real“ climbing with fellow friend and mountainguide Peter Grissemann. Neither the boulder nor the sportsclimbing mania had yet reached Flirsch and so Peter and Bernd did what true locals in a mountain village usually do: They went for the classic alpine walls.