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...
Masherbrum, the second round
It’s on! Waiting for the last few weeks was hard… since Peter and I had been in Pakistan last year to have a look at the massive northeast face of Masherbrum (7821m ) , this mountain had captivated us. We were...
Wings for Life WorldRun Verona
Three years ago, a seemingly usual afternoon almost changed my life dramatically. It did not happen in extreme conditions in the mountains, but in the middle of another supposedly safe session on a sport...
Cerro Torre - A snowball’s chance in hell
This mountain was going to change my life. That was not clear to me when I first saw the wrinkly photo of the headwall of Cerro Torre while visiting the Cochamo Valley in 2008. This moment initiated an idea...
Patagonia - gone with the wind
It was that time of the year again: In the beginning of January, I made the now usual trip down south again, to El Chalten, Patagonia. Since 2009, when I visited the area for the first time, the reasons for...
just look - don't touch
The Masherbrum northeast face rings a bell among most mountaineers. The bell they hear has the sound of an alarm. The Russians may get a tinnitus when they just hear the name, Masherbrum. They tried the...
In order to guarantee success, people will trade an ambitious "Plan A" for an easier "Plan B"...
Find a few thoughts on 'failure' on my homepage
Trying to get my legs in shape for the Nepal expedition in autumn
Cooling off at the lake behind the Karlsbaderhütte after a free attempt on the route I put up aid climbing last year...
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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