A Story of Three Explorers and a Giant of 8125mts



Nilgiri South Face – Hansjörg Auer

Nilgiri South, South Face From October 22 to October 26 Hansjörg Auer, Alex Blümel and Gerry Fiegl successfully made the first ascent of the South Face of Nilgiri South (6839m). This is certainly one of the finest ascents of the season in the Himalayas and a long... read more

Matterhorn Obsession

For the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, mountaineer and alpinist, Hervé Barmasse, decided to show his appreciation, dedication and passion for this iconic peak with a short film that illustrates that which makes the mountain so unique and his... read more

David Göttler: Freunde von Freunden Interview

David Göttler: Mountaineer & Guide, Home & Surroundings, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Sitting in the warm sun on the patio of a small lodge, with Mont Blanc almost in arm’s reach, we discussed his past expeditions, future plans and the complete fulfillment that comes with his job. His is a life of discipline, drive and hard-earned talent. This is the extraordinary life of David Göttler, mountaineer. What was your first real expedition? My first expedition was Patagonia in 1999 or 2000, so I was pretty young.

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Nanga in Winter: Why We Had To End The Expedition at 7,200 m (23,622 ft)

Our expedition is over. The Nanga summit remains only a desire for now. David realized it would be too dangerous on Saturday morning, March 1, at 7,200 m (23,622 ft). He had reached the top of the Mazeno Ridge with the Polish climber Tomas Mackiewicz. They had the opportunity to look at the other side of the mountain, the Diamir face, only to discover that the route up to the summit is still very long and grueling from there. The top section of the face was covered with blue ice.

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Nanga in Winter: The First Summit Attempt, Why We Turned Back

The first summit attempt has failed, so we’re back at base camp again, and we have to start over from scratch. There definitely will be more attempts in the next days. On such huge mountains, a vain attempt is pretty normal because it happens in winter. The exceptions would be good weather, everything going smoothly, and the summit being easily accessible. Nanga Parbat has been attempted for 25 years in winter, and nobody has reached the summit so far. A few days ago, Simone, David…

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