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...
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...
My friend, mentor and trainer from competition days, Reini Scherer, not only manages a gym, sets routes and trains his athletes, he also finds time to climb. And when he does, he does it...
Everybody has heard that increased rockfall activity has "something to do" with increasing temperatures. The study linked below had a closer look at this relationship, and is definitely...
A room with a view. While the partnerships and the commitment that make alpinism so appealing are hard to capture in a photo, there is usually no lack of opportunity to capture its...
My buddy Peter on one of the several sustained and steep pitches on the first repeat of Pacienca on the north face of the Eiger. It's seen a bit more action lately, and I am sure it still...
I recently wrote a few words on friendship, and what role I think it plays in mountaineering, for the magazine Bergwelten. Check it out here (also in English):
After descending from Grundschartner in Zillertal, I realised that Nature provided the Sundergrund with new boulders. I hope nobody got hurt in what must have been quite the rumble! Does...
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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