A few thoughts on: Trends
Trends are not only occurring in fashion and industry, they also play an important role in mountaineering. Some of them define the course of history.
The history of mountaineering shows that trends have often...
Close, but no cigar: Lunag Ri (6907 m)
When my parents and I arrived in Phaplu, my Dad’s home village, it marked my first return to Nepal in 15 years. Mostly because of the earthquake in April and May, much had changed: Even the house in which my...
A few thoughts on: Risk
In the mountains, risk is always present. The question is: What undertakings are worth taking a risk?
Three years ago, I soloed the route “Les Barbares”. The line in the Mont Blanc massif links thin ice smears...
Avaatara – A journey back, and a journey to Lebanon
It has been quite a while since I had been as motivated to sport climb as I was last spring. Even though I began climbing at crags, my focus has been directed towards mountaineering for several years now. But...
A few thoughts on: Friendship
In Werner Herzog’s film ‘Gasherbrum – Der leuchtende Berg [The Shining Mountain]’ Reinhold Messner openly admits that he does not consider Hans Kammerlander a friend. For him, other criteria were more important...
The common thread
“You know, David, according to our original plan, we’d be in Alaska now, freezing our butts off,” Conrad muses, while we enjoy the mild temps of the desert on a ledge high above the canyon floor of Zion.
A few thoughts on:
No one starts their alpine career on the headwall of Cerro Torre; yet that is what I had in mind for myself. Spoilt from success in competition climbing, in 2009 I declared the 3,000 m granite spire my next...
Rusty Bolts and the Sugar Loaf
My whole 2014 revolved around Cerro Torre, the film release in March, film festivals around the world, and then coming back to Patagonia at the end of the year. Just before the Patagonia trip and after the...
A Weighty Experiment
“It is the weight, not numbers of experiments that is to be regarded.” - Isaac Newton
Immediately, you feel unwelcome. The walls rise all around us. Avalanches triggered by seracs are noisy reminders of what...
This photo takes me back to a rather "failed" venture on the Aiguille Verte. My friend Peter Ortner and I carried our skis up all the way to the summit, just to realize the snow...
It’d been a while that since I had last climbed in the western part of the alps. Five days ago I was back in Switzerland looking over from the W-face of the Eiger towards the Jungfrau. A...
Today I finally made it to the Laliderer N-face and climbed the easy, but beautiful Herzogkante. The rock quality can be quite alpine, but climbing in this region should definitely be on...
Just found this photo of a Patagonian asado on my phone. Makes the barbecue we’re just having at home look pretty small-scale…
Patagonia always delivers, no matter if in the mountains or...
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Peter Ortner and I scrambling the Špik north face on Friday. On Saturday we climbed its more famous cousin, the Triglav north face. Many many meters of rock in a short time... The Julian...
On Sunday, Peter Ortner and I traversed the Spitzkofel. The summit book doesn't have many entries since 1970... It was a long day out soloing about 2500 meters of moderate rock. Check out...
Had an excellent time climbing with my good friend Peter Ortner in East Tyrol. Spending quality time together while soloing alongside with such a solid partner who I know and trust 100%...
an Berg und Fels"
Climbing is a way of life for me, and now I wrote a book about it (in German). It is about my adventures on the walls, about the extreme and brilliant things in my life.
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