|Discipline||Universal climber skialpinist, mountain guide UIAGM|
|Hobbies||Climbing, skiing, mountain bike|
|Motto||Live and let live + A day without adventure is a day without me.|
Every year approx. 130 days and hundreds of hours quiding in the Alps. Mountain quide, climber, skialpinist, husband to a beautiful wife and father to two children, basically a normal individual who engoy life as it is.
„As a climbing tester, I am obligated to have reservations, but also must objectively evaluate all aspects of the equipment. Generally, I can say that the quality of the workmanship and the design of all Rock Empire products are very high and any criticisms are only cosmetic.”
"Since the Rock Empire brand was founded, I have always had some Rock Empire products in my gear: whether it was a lightweight summer sleeping bag, carabiners, anchors or cams. Since 2012 when I joined the Rock Empire climbing team, I have been using the complete range of Rock Empire gear including their climbing harnesses and complete range of hardware except for pitons. New this year for me was using the Rock Empire Machki crampons, and I am pleased to say that even on difficult hikes like the Frendo Pillar or the Innominata integral on Mont Blanc, they worked perfectly.
As a climbing tester, I am obligated to have reservations, but also must objectively evaluate all aspects of the equipment. Generally, I can say that the quality of the workmanship and the design of all Rock Empire products are very high and any criticisms are only cosmetic. For example, the LIGHTNING harness is still the single most popular harness for climbing in the mountains especially when considering its weight to usability ratio.
From my list of climbs in 2012, a few stand out as being exceptional: 6 hours on the north wall of the Matterhorn via the route Schmit Brothers or soloing the route Pouce Caffe 6b+ on the south wall of Aig. Du Pouce. Last winter, we participated in a number of dry tooling races and ice climbs. Highlights from those include a 15th place on the IWC in Saas Fee and OS climbing on the route Supervisor WI6+ in Bad Gastein. In the summer, unfortunately, I did not have too much personal time for climbing, but led some interesting tours as a guide including Pilier Migot on Aig Chardonet, Frendo on the north wall of Midi and Innominata Integral on Mont Blanc which is not often a guided tour.
The older I get, the more I appreciate not only my days spent in the mountains where everyone is unique, but also the time I get to spend climbing with my two „rug rats.“ During these times with my kids, I use gear from the Rock Empire product line for children.
My current interest is how I choose new routes.
Before, it was mainly finding and successfully climbing a difficult route. Today, the spirit of travel is especially important to me. I like to know the route´s history, how the lines were created, and where it goes. After all, when you climb to the plateau of the Freney glacier, you see all the well-known points of Freney Pillar and you better understand the history of the ascents. Did you know that in this place Bonatti fought for his life and the lives of his friends during the descent after a failed attempt to reach the top? When I climb the classic lines of the big north wall with modern equipment and know that what I have at my disposal was all created during the last 30 years of the 20th century, I appreciate the climb much more.
Another fascination for me is the ease and the speed of movement in the mountains, which I find in the combination of winter climbing and skiing.