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...
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...
Stef Siegrist and Denis Burdet in the Kashmir in 2011. Alpine climbing in the Himalayas and elsewhere has not gotten less inspiring since!
Being high above a glacier often reveals most interesting patterns. #mountains
What are my views on risk?
(📷 by R. Eder)
Hoping for a snowy winter for the Alps... #powderforchristmas #kaestle
When you achieve full focus without any mental effort, you know you are doing the right thing.
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.
read more ...
Background: On the Headwall of Cerro Torre, 2012 © L. Else/Red Bull Content Pool