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...
Had a great time setting a boulder with one of the finalists of the GORE-TEX Be a Rockstar event in Stuttgart. Now it is time to go back to the mountains. (Photo: Elias Holzknecht)
Had a great time on the Pilar del Cantabrico on Naranjo de Bulnes. Lots of classy pitches. And besides the fantastic climbing, Northern Spain has a lot more to offer, from cool cities...
Anticipation! Approaching the amazing Picu Uriellu in Northern Spain.
It is world championships weekend! After Anna Stöhr, Jessy Pilz and Maggi Röck already climbed in their final rounds, it is now my buddies Jakob Schubert's turn! I have my fingers...
Spent a few days climbing at Picos de Europa with my friend Ben Lepesant. What a great place with exceptional rock!
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