How did you first get into alpine climbing? I was introduced to climbing by the Himalayan legend Peter Habeler when I was 6 years old. From that point on my passion for this sport lead my way through its diverse playgrounds.
What are your goals and dreams? My goals are best described based on the example of the north-east face of the Masherbrum in Pakistan. This wall is not just unclimbed, it is also nearly untouched and is often designated as impossible. This wall offers the possibility to be creative and the necessity to find new ways. At the same time it is of major importance for me to remain loyal to myself and not to miss the moment, when it is the better and safer option to not climb this wall.
Successes I guess that in the public perception the free ascent of the south-east ridge of Cerro Torre counts as my biggest success. It also is of great importance for me, as it signifies my switch from being a sports climber and doing climbing competitions to being passionate about alpinism and classic mountaineering. Still, I find it difficult to declare one single achievement as my greatest success. Usually, for me, reaching one goal just signifies a step towards a next goal.
Spectacular Areas Cerro Torre, Patagonia
Trango Tower Karakoram, Pakistan
Hobbies Skiing; Fishing; Photography