August 6, 1965
Marmot, La Sportiva and K2
The original powerstretch suit, Driclime Windshirt
Violinist Jasha Heifetz and Walter Bonatti
Spending a great day in the mountains with friends and family
Italian and mexican
Have been climbing for 30 years. Started at 12 while studying music at the conservatory in Vienna Austria. Performed the Mendelssohn violinconcerto at age 11 with a college orchestra.
Studied Violin until age 20 at the university of Vienna in Austria Graduated with high honors at UC Davis (1988) with doublemajor German/international relations. Moved to Italy in 1989 to alpine climb and ski. Have been living the alpine life ever since!
Was first non Italian to retain full mountain guide's certification in 1995.
Have been working as a full time guide ever since. Lead successful expeditions to Peru, Nepal (Ama Dablam) and India (Sathopanth). Planning expedition to Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma for fall 2008.
Multiple first ascents and first winter ascents in the European Alps - among other solo ascent of integral peuterey ridge on Mont blanc and solo ascent of the north face of the Matterhorn in 6 hours.
Too many great climbs to choose from but probably the integral peutery ridge on mont blanc for it's diversity and spectacular setting
"Endurance" by Shackelton
From Classical to pop , jazz - a wide variety
Injuries which keep me from climbing and skiing
Multiple fractures including tibia, ulna, collarbone, nose (attempting a backflip at a swimmingpool), index finger, ACL and Achilles tendon
Stay healthy and live a day at a time!