First lightless ascent of Mt. Everest via its north/northeast ridge and thus the second blind person on the roof of the world with 8,848m
My very delightful Mt.Everest summit victory on the 21st of May 2017 at 7:20 (Nepaltime), together with both of my incomparable friends Wolf gang Klocker and Klemens Bichler, I would probably count to my greatest mountaineering, and even more, mental mountaineering victory of my life.
As our fourth person, my dear father, who, still during our expedition, left this world on the 21nd of April, stood faithfully and selflessly, with all his strength and power which he passed on to me, as he always did in his life, by my side.
Two weeks removed from the business turmoil of the west – only the next moment is crucial – who are actually the “poor”, who the “rich” …? With these very strong impressions 15 good travel-friends returned, together with me, back home from the exotic island Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Kayaking through mangrove forests, exploring the most indigenous villages in the wild while hiking together with our native guides in the rainforest of Madagascar – this fused our superfine group together and we look forward to “BOTTOM TO TOP 5″…
With my four friends Anda , Roger , Thomas and Frank I wanted to experience a relaxing skitouring time in exceptional surroundings of the Antarctic Peninsula.
It was truly exceptional.
Hug Andy. Hold tight. Cling or hold on. I do not know anymore. Throw myself backwards. Cry out something like “He’s falling!” Feel your own body electrically. Feeling the jolt through Andy’s body. Body to body. Breathing making hissing noises. Being spun around. Realising that we are still ‘here’. Hearing the “rope tension”. Crawling five metres backwards, knowing that Andy has to hold on alone for those few seconds. Tensing the rope. Pressing your feet into the snow, breathing again for the first time. Andy wondering if I should unbuckle my skis. Interpreting the lack of response as an answer. Hearing “Guys, put some…….”
Wish fulfilled – Climbing through the Mayerlrampe on the Großglockner with Thomas Nothdurfter and Andi Keil on May 12, 2015
I don’t feel as at home on a steep ice wall as I do on a rock face, but for my friends and budding mountain guides it was a welcome challenge to tackle this demanding day tour together: first skiing, then a 70 degree sheer ice slope with crampons and ice axes, and wrapping up with more skiing through very, very “firn snow” to Lucknerhaus in Kals. In the end, I can only say THANK YOU! Future guests of Thomas and Andi are in good hands!
Actually, this was supposed to be a photo of one of the lucky ones to reach the peak, or at the very least, a shot of our dream destination: Mt. Everest. Unfortunately, the terrible earthquake on April 25, 2015 didn’t just ruin our lunchtime summit picture. As of May 15, 2015 it wiped out more than 8,400 lives in Nepal, India, and China. My team and I could only tell everyone else left on this earth, “nature is simply stronger,” and for us there was nothing to do but help. The people in the region need our help.
Mt. Everest – My journey to my 7th summit – Spring 2014
The deadly avalanche on April 18th in Khumbueisfall changed everything… The 6119 meter Lobuche Peak would be the highest Wolfi, Daniel, and I would reach this time. Our change of plans seemed meaningless compared to the unspeakable loss for 16 Sherpa families on that tragic Good Friday.
n late December of 2013 along with 23 kind and open-minded people, I embarked on a charity mountain and cultural tour designed especially for the blind in developing countries. Off the west coast of Ecuador, in the far reaches of the Pacific 1000km from South America, the Galapagos Islands were our goal. (Bottom to Top 4 is in the works!)
A journey into a somewhat familiar, yet very mystical world.
The destination of our special trip this time was the cradle of my personal faith: Jerusalem, Israel continuing into her eastern neighbor, Jordan where we suddenly found ourselves immersed in a completely different world. There for a TV production, my friends Andreas Unterkreuter and Daniel Kopp accompanied me and our film team on this adventure for two weeks in December 2013.
At 9:15 a.m. on May 3, 2013, I reached the 5165m high summit of Mount Ararat along with five of my friends. We stood together at the top in eastern Anatolia, within a few kilometers of Armenia and Iran.
7th Place in the 2012 Climbing World Championship in Paris
As an athlete, it was a special kind of trip to Paris as a member of the AUSTRIAN NATIONAL TEAM for the IFSC Climbing World Championship. My debut in the competition on the climbing wall brought a lot of new impressions. The warm-hearted, team spirit of my teammates, however, was no stranger having accompanied me on so many mountain experiences. Even though Paris was not a “life or death” climb, it was an honor to represent Austria, and was tremendously motivating.
A wonderful trip led me and my fantastic guys to the to the east coast of Greenland. There we joined forces to ascend a great line through the southeast face of what was up to that point, an unclimbed mountain. Our efforts were rewarded with hearty climbing maneuvers on some of the best granite.
This time I got to enjoy traveling with my friends without thinking about technical performance or summit expectations—a journey distinguished for its relaxing, homey atmosphere. Our goal was Tromso in northern Norway, where the Atlantic meets the Arctic Ocean.
This is the second time I had the privilege to climb with a group of friendly, selfless, strong, and motivated people to the top of a beautiful mountain in East Africa. In the early morning hours of January 7, 2012, 19 of 20 people who had set out for the summit that day reached Point Lenana and left many tears of joy at the top.
New climbing route through the South Rim directly on Gamsleitenkopf in Hochkönig area.
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, I was part of a team that included Albert Precht from Bischofshofen, legendary for his first ascent of over 1,000 routes, and his longtime climbing partner Sigi Brachmayer from Altenmarkt.
I didn’t bag the summit, but the remarkably beautiful experiences and the deepening of our friendship taught us that sometimes you can learn a lot from the harsh conditions in Tibet. This was a much more fulfilling trip than a solitary climb to the top.
With my super team Andi Scharnagl, Thomas Nothdurfter, and Udo Ebner, I was able to climb to 4892m, the highest elevation of Antarctica. I have now succeeded in reaching six of the “Seven Summits” on the first attempt.
With my super team “Blind McKinley” I returned once again to the 24 hour ski race Graukogel in Bad Gastein. Exceptional team spirit and tremendous sporting efforts by everyone on the team took us to 18,631 vertical meters and a sensational 6th place finish out of 42 relay teams.