Busy First Half Of 2015
After shooting for good old friend "globetrotter.de" from January to February we started with easy trek to the southern base camp of Annapurna mid February. It was just perfect timing. A huge avalanche came down the east face of 6400 m Hiunchuli just three days before our arrival there. It caused a little detour but making the trail safe, cause no snow left to come down and bury us.
The Shoot for 2016 Deuter catalogue during the midsummer time in Norway was again a perfect timing. It was the longest day up in the north, and it was sunny! Sunrise was around 3AM in the morning and sunset around 11PM! But it was never really dark. It didn´t matter, you could sleep later. We had a beautiful trek from Aurland Fjord southwards to the peaks of Hemsedal. Thanks to Sibylle and Andy of "deuter.com" for the cooperation, looking forward to the next one. Thanks to Heike and Martin for being models, porters, trip companions and sharing the time with me.
Just 2 weeks later, again I was lucky with the weather. This time in the Italian Monte Rosa Range, guiding some guests to the Margherita Hut on the summit of Signalkuppe 4.554 m.
Hoping the weather gods keep smiling, because Carstensz Pyramid in Papua is calling. Stay tuned.
Never Summer in Nepal and Europe 2014
Kanchenjunga was beautiful, but I guess it didn´t like me too much. Once we had food for 6 days, considering the way to the next civilization usually takes 5 days. But it took 9 long days breaking trails! The waist-deep snow almost kept us there forever and later a massive landslide drove us out of the mountains. Beloved N.E.P.A.L. = Never Ending Potholes And Landslides.
From the mountain to the beach, it was relieving to spend some days on beaches in Indonesia. Swimming with turtles, watching the cleaning stations for big colourful fishes operated by small colourful ones, leaving the frightening moments of Kanchenjunga behind. Bunaken Island is always a relaxing spot. But also Jakarta was a nice stop. Cannot believe it? Time to discover it.
It was a bit hard to climb again after such relaxing days. And the summer never arrived in the European Alps in 2014. Except from small trips the mountains were unwelcoming almost the whole season. Until autumn when we tried the Lauper Route on the North Face of Moench in Swiss Bernese Alps for "deuter.com" and "yetiworld.com". We were alone in the huge wall. Unfortunately it was just too much snow, too dangerous to climb. Still we had some wonderful days in the mountains.
A Dream And A Long Journey - The Ice Col Route 2013
Time for the probably most challenging and highly rewarding "trek" Nepal has to offer. The well known Swiss author of Nepal Trekking Guide Book, Bernhard Rudolf Banzhaf, told me after this trip: "Ice Col is not trekking, but an expedition route, where you change the base camp everyday."
A real "haute route" least travelled indeed, crossing the East Col 6180 m, West Col 6130 m and Amphu Laptsa 5845 m from Makalu to Khumbu. Following the wild Arun and Barun valleys and entering Khumbu Himal through the "back door" with Lhotse South Face welcoming us.
Thanks to my fellow wanderers Mingma, Gambu, Pema, Kipa and Pemba. Thanks for keep going with me against great odds, being trustful climbing partners and for the unforgettable moments in the midst of grand sceneries. Check the pic, tired but thoroughly happy men, the day after...
Namaste Nepal again!
Namaste Didi! Namaste Daai! Hajur...
A walk around the Mount Manaslu via the almost forgotten Rupina La in November - December 2012. Lots of new experiences, encounters, and lots of pics.
Valle d´Aosta Photo Shoot Globetrotter Handbuch 2013
Thanks to Andrea, Judy and Frank. Thanks a million to Edy and family at wonderful "Le Petit Relais", but also Cristina Zanellato, Cristian Bredy and all helpful locals in the peaceful Valpelline for the great support on location and showing us the secrets all over the valley. Thanks to all.
Again, life´s the mountains, yes, life´s the mountains!
Austria Winter Shoot 2012
Another Winter Shoot for Globetrotter in Pitztal, Tyrol.
My special thanks to Fredl Eiter of "Reithof Pitztal" and our local climbing guide Ernst "Schmatz" Eiter for accompanying us to the superb spots and Markus of "Kirchenwirt" (good sleep, good food, just perfect).
Goa? Yes, Goa!
Never tried Goan fish tikka? That´s yummy! Never heard about "Volvo B9R Multi Axle 2x1 Super Sonic Sleeper Coach"? That´s the most sophisticated way to travel on wheels along the "gold coast"!
Goa is never out of date.
Life´s also the beach. Sometimes.
In beloved Nepal again 2011 - 2012
7 fantastic weeks walking high the Dhaulagiri Circuit, Tilicho Route, winter ascent of Chulu Far East (too windy, too cold, no fix rope, no chance), round Annapurna, Khumbu Himal in winter...
Thanks to our friend Mingma Nuru Sherpa for being our fellow wanderer all the long way from Beni to Chukkung. Thanks also to our friend and expedition cook Gambu Rai for creating real "haute" cuisine day to day. Thanks a lot to our great Nepali crew for the support and making it an unforgettable journey.
Thanks to "yetiworld.com" for their superb lightweight down gears.
Life´s the mountains, yes, life´s the mountains!
Northern Italy: Adamello, Brenta and more - Fall 2011
Shooting the 2012 edition of legendary outdoor catalogue Globetrotter Handbuch. Between Dolomites and Garda Lake. From Adamello to the Pala Range. The caffettiera is simply a must, no matter how heavy your pack is.
Daggi, Hanna, Judy, Simone, Christoph, Joerg and Werner, thanks for the cup of coffee that never empties, for joining the trip and being faithful fellow climbers, drivers, porters, sherpas (and sherpanis) and more...
Northern Norway Winter Shoot 2011
A photo trip with Germany biggest outdoor retailer Globetrotter through winterly northern Norway. Back country skiing, snowshoeing on the Lofoten, Nord-Reisa and the Lyngen Alps, quick stop at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, dog-sled ride through the Pasvik National Park and a cruise with Hurtigruten to Honningsvåg and Nordkapp.
Thanks to Elisabeth Holsether of Northern Norway Tourism, Jann Engstad of "LofotenAktiv", Holger Buricke of "ArcticTravelGuide" and all the friendly locals for the excellent support on location.
Thanks to Andy Herrlinger of "Deuter Sport" for fitting us with Deuter packs and to Klaus P. Klaus, the "Silkbody" pilot tops have been our trusty companions during the trip.
t´s wandering - day to day: Von Spiti nach Ladakh
5. - 28. märz 08, wiesendamm 1, 22305 hamburg
Kommen Sie mit auf eine Reise durch den indischen Himalaya nach Spiti und Ladakh, durch das Land der hohen Pässe, der atemberaubenden Landschaften und der tausendjährigen buddhistischen Tempel und Klöster. Der Fotograf bringt den Betrachtern die bereiste Region und den Traveller-Alltag in Schnappschuss-Manier näher und ermutigt sie gleichzeitig, zu verreisen und sich für Unbekanntes zu interessieren.
Er verzichtet bewusst auf eine aufwändige Technik. Und: Viel mehr Equipment haben die meisten Traveller aus Gewichtsgründen auch nicht im Gepäck. Die Abzüge sind entsprechend in bescheidenem Format gehalten. Für den Fotografen besteht der Reiz in der kleinen Fläche.
Mein herzlicher Dank gilt
Eva Stankowski, für die Gestaltung der Ausstellung,
Heike Hackbarth, die mich auf der schönen Reise & bei unzähligen "Veg Momos", both steamed and fried, bei der staubigen Hitze & klirrenden Kälte begleitet hat,
Ines Budarick, meinem "Indien-Lexikon",
Hildegund Schuster & Larry P. Lazarus für die Sichtung des Bildmaterials,
Sigrid Engelmann fürs wunderschöne Plakat,
Stanzin Wangchuk, der mir viel über seine Heimat vermittelt hat,
und vielen Anderen, denen ich auf meiner Wanderschaft begegnet bin