After 9 years of mountaineering, I finally left for Moscow on the 10th August 2008 to climb Elbrus, my last of the “7 Summits”. Elbrus is the highest mountain of Europe and the only one of the “7 Summits” that I hadn’t climbed yet. Elbrus is in the Caucasus mountain range, next to Georgia, and was climbed for the first time in 1874. It is a dormant volcano and like many old volcanoes, it is not such a difficult climb from a te...
Carstenz Pyramid is located in Papua. It is the highest mountain in Oceania. Of the “7 Summits”, it is the only rock climb. After Everest, I had continued my travel through Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. I finally arrived in Bali in the beginning of August 2007.
On 1st August, Samantha Larson, Dave Larson and Victor Saunders arrived as well. Douglas Beall couldn’t make it this time. CBS, the American television network, had...
On 30th March, 2007 I took off for a 5 month vacation to Asia. The first two months I wanted to spend on the highest mountain of the planet: Mount Everest.
On 1st April I met the rest of the team in Kathmandu. The team was made up of Samantha Larson, Dave Larson, Douglas Beall and Victor Saunders. James Kerr was coming along as well and Adam Bell (half brother of Victor Saunders) was going to accompany us to basecamp.
After traveling a few days through Argentina, I arrived in Punta Arenas in Chile on 16th December, 2005. There, I met up with Victor Saunders who was going to lead the expedition to Vinson. The next couple of days Samantha Larson, Dave Larson and Douglas Beall arrived as well.
Mount Vinson is without any doubt the most remote of the “7 Summits”. Antarctica is a desert of ice, thousands of km away from the nearest town.
In 2004, Samantha, Dave, Douglas and me decided to climb Denali. We registered ourselves for an expedition with the Alaska mountaineering school. The expedition was lead by Jim Williams.
In the beginning of June, we all met in Talkeetna. From there, a small airplane brought us to Denali. The landing strip is on a glacier. After an additional day of preparation on the glacier, we took off with our backpack and sled.
When Douglas Beall and myself reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, we immediately started making plans to climb Aconcagua. After a preparation climb on Mont Blanc we figured we were ready for a bigger challenge. In February 2002, we traveled together to Mendoza. There, we were going to meet the guides of Fernando Grajales Expeditions.
In Mendoza, we also met the rest of the team. The team consisted, amongst others of Dave and Sam...
In 1999, I spent my vacation in Tanzania in Africa. The goal of the trip was a mixture of mountaineering, safari and scuba diving. Kilimanjaro is a volcano in the North of Tanzania, close to the border with Kenya.
Not far from Kilimanjaro is Meru, a 4566 m high volcano. Climbing Meru allows you to acclimatize to the altitude and therefore, it is the ideal preparation for Kilimanjaro. I reached the summit of Meru in 3 days.