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...
Life in basecamp often means spending long days in pretty places. It gets worse than that...
'La Liste' teaser 2015
This looks like an entirely different level in skiing as far as big, steep faces go. Super impressive!
'La Liste' teaser 2015' Featuring Jérémie Heitz. In his search to become a better ferried, Jérémie compiles a list of the most interesting peaks in the Alps ...
Win a pair of unbreakable sunglasses!
This was a rather funny situation with Peter Habeler, the Austrian alpinist who took me climbing for the first time when I was 5.
Whoever comes up...
Restkarten für den World Run in München!!
Der Wings for Life World Run findet heuer zum dritten Mal statt, wie jedes Jahr kommt der gesamte Erlös zu 100% der Rückenmarksforschung zu Gute....
My good friend and coach of the Austrian climbing team, Heiko Wilhelm, knows how to deal with obstacles. But in this case, it was the granite that won a brief round of Axe vs. Granite.
I put a few words about my views on trends in mountaineering on my website. Check it out! (Also in German).
5 reasons to run for those who can’t in 2016
The foundation Wings for Life could ask you to simply donate to spinal cord research. Instead, it offers you the opportunity to be part of something big in a more direct way. Something...
Every year around 250.000 people sustain a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia or even tetraplegia. The main cause are traffic accidents (50%) followed by seemingly innocuous...
Been spying lines a lot lately, just like two years ago in Pakistan, with Hansjörg. Exciting times ahead!
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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Background: On the Headwall of Cerro Torre, 2012 © L. Else/Red Bull Content Pool