Unfortunately, we have to cancel the Vertical Up Event in Schwarzwald due to the current weather conditions and the concerns from a nature conservation point of view.

As the route is located in a nature reserve Area, the event cannot be carried out in order to prevent damage to the vegetation, due to the low snow cover in the lower part of the slope and due to the unpredictable snow forecasts in the next few weeks.
Every starter already registered will get the registration fee refunded!

Vertical Up.

The goal of the HOCHSCHWARZWALD VERTICAL UP is to conquer the original Worldcup-Track, which spans 1,800 meters and 500 vertical meters, vertically and as quickly as possible.

The “kicker” to the whole story is the rules– in fact, there are none!

The choice of equipment is open so long as everything is powered by your own muscles (no motors), as is the choice of route, on the Worldcup-track.

  • Runners with spikes have an advantage, just as long as the course is hard and provides a firm grip …
  • Cross-country skiers using skins have an advantage, but without the right technique   …
  • Ski mountaineers / ski tourers have an advantage, but can they eke out enough of an advantage when they come to steeper terrain …
  • Racers on snowshoes and crampons: have an advantage, but can they convert that into speed on flatter ground …






Date: Saturday 17th January 2018
2.30 pm Vertical Up Kids
3.30 pm Vertical Up

Divisions: “Speed Division” and “Rucksack Division”

Course Name: Fahl-Worldcup-Track

Starting elevation: 950 m

Finishing elevation: 1.450 m

Elevation gain: 500 vertical meters

Course length: 1.800 m

Max./Min. gradient: 75, % / 11 %

Lighting: head lights, while the course hotspots are well illuminated

Suggested equipment: touring skis, cross-country skis, running shoes with spikes, crampons, snowshoes, ski poles, barefoot,…


Division & Prizes

Speed Division

This division is the ultimate discipline in the HOCHSCHWARZWALD VERTICAL UP!

Each athlete takes on the original, legendary worldcup-track as quickly as possible, with a free choice of equipment. Everything is allowed, as long as racers use nothing but the strength of their own muscles.

Sub-Divisions: men’s/women’s

Timekeeping and official standings: YES

Prizes: men’s/women’s divisions / gift certificates, starter package

Platz 1 € 500

Platz 2 € 350

Platz 3 € 200

Platz 4 € 140

Platz 5 € 100

Platz 6 € 70

Rucksack Division

This division is the most fun competition in the HOCHSCHWARZWALD VERTICAL UP!

Each participant gets to take on the track at their own tempo, using whatever equipment they prefer.

Only condition: They must carry a rucksack incl. contents (or however much is left over) all the way to the finish line.

Timekeeping and official standings: timekeeping only, final results are posted alphabetically. Winners are those participants who finish closest to the average time clocked by all starters!

Prizes: Starter Package incl. rucksack contents
This year, once again, there will be a super grand prize! (in recent years: a weekend of ski touring or mountain biking, 2 nights for 2 people at a 4**** hotel, Suunto Ambit3)


Special – Competitions

District Winner

Who is the fastest in the Speed Division from the region Hochschwarzwald? – Who will be crowned Vertical Up District Winner.



Team/club with the most starters in the entire field wins € 500,00.


Best-Dressed Competition

Participants with the most original costumes receive a great prize: Bergzeit coupons, Huber Zwickl beer, ….
Important: All participants who wish to be considered in the final results have to register at the race office by no later than 2.30 p.m. on Saturday!

Athlete informations

Information for Participants

Start numbers/starter packages can be picked up on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.!

Please be sure to bring your registration confirmation and liability disclaimer to check-in!

Race office: Saturday 17.02. 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. barracks

Results list: You can track results live on the Internet – Times appear immediately after crossing the finish! –> LIVE TIMEKEEPING

Timekeeping chip: all-Inclusive – total cost is included in the entry fee!
The chip is integrated into the actual starting number. IMPORTANT: Don’t mistake your starting number for a luggage tag!!!

Required Equipment:

  • Head light (the most important sections of the course are lit up)
  • Helmet
  • Rucksack (for the “Rucksack Division”)
  • Optional: Snowline spikes 

Starter Package: We are again putting together a great starter package for all race entrants. You are guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised!

Spectators/Support Personnel: please refer to “Spectator info”

Race briefing: 3:15 p.m. in the starting area, mandatory attendance.

Luggage transportation:

  • Leave bags by no later than 3:00 p.m. next to the start-area
  • Property must be identified by a tag/number from the starter package (not liable for damage/loss)
  • Please do not hang anything on the outside of the rucksack!

Start: 3:30 p.m. at the finish from the Fahl-Worldcuptrack

Courses: Worldcuptrack

Athlete Refreshments:

  • In the finish area: Tea and Red Bull
  • In the Fundorena: Pasta-Party

Prize ceremony: ca. 6:15 p.m. at the barracks (attendance required – prizes will only be awarded to those who are present). Prize money may be issued only with identity card.

Ride down the mountain: Only on the cable car – last lift departs at 05:30 p.m. (free for all participants. Returning to the valley on skis or using other sporting equipment is strictly prohibited and will result in a life-long ban from the VerticalUp!

Highlights for spectators

  • Lift fare for this evening € 15,00 per person (round trip) available directly at the Rothausbahn ticket window
  • Season passes are accepted
  • Lift runs up the mountain until 5:30 p.m., last ride down is at 5:30 p.m.
  • Always on top of the action with the help of our emcee
  • Start: Finish Fahl-Worldcuptrack 3:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE!! The first athletes are expected at the finish at around 3:50 p.m.



When What Where
3:00-5:30 pm ascent for spectators cable car
 2:30 pm Kinds Vertical Up starting area
 3:30 pm Vertical Up starting area
 3:50 pm first athletes at the finish cable car
 6:15 pm price giving ceremony barracks


Registration starts: Autumn 2017
Registration Hochschwarzwald Kids Vertical Up
Registration Hochschwarzwald Vertical Up
Deadline: 10.02., 8:00 pm

You can also registrate at the 17.02., 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the race office in the starting area.