The Mountain Within: The True Story of the World’s Most Extreme Free-Ascent Climber

The Mountain Within: The True Story of the World’s Most Extreme Free-Ascent Climber

Alexander Huber

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1628737166

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


One of the best mountaineers of our generation finally reveals the details of his many exciting extreme alpine ascents—ascents in which his only equipment is a pair of shoes and a small bag for holding chalk. Clinging to the crevasses in mountain walls, with muscles bulging as he makes his free ascent, Huber has become one of the world’s most recognized and photographed extreme alpine climbers. Along with many other legendary ascents detailed here, he and his brother set a new record of 2 hours and 46 minutes on El Capitan, The Nose, Yosemite Park in the Fall of 2007—a climb that usually takes three days.

When he free-soloed the Kommunist’s famous peaks, Alexander Huber declared, “Why? For me, it is the search for my limits. On the other side, I am aware that the time is limited.” With major corporate sponsors like Adidas and Atmoic, this is a fascinating insight into one of the world’s best mountaineers.

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down the staircase toward the exit. But they were observed by the porter, who recognized them and had them arrested. Four days later they were dead. I tried to imagine Sophie as she took up the leaflets and cast them into the air. Today, the university looks just about the same as it did back then, and every time I saw the place where it happened, it would touch me all over again. I have a very deep respect for the courage of the members of the “Weiße Rose,” and I wanted to express that respect

our father, Thomas Huber. With so many Hubers in the village, people took their cue from the names of the farmsteads instead. Since we were from the Riedl Farm, we were called Rialbuam, according to good Bavarian custom. When you grow up on a farm like we did, the agricultural routine forms the central foundation of your life. My earliest childhood memories are of experiences on and around the farm. The highlight for me was working in the woods; I loved to be taken along into the forest as a

second ascent from the Ogre. After more than twenty expeditions had failed, after the two of us were driven off two years earlier, Thomas demonstrated all the qualities he embodies as a mountain climber. He knew to wait for just the right moment, and even let a competing American expedition go ahead of him. And while the Americans foundered on the Ogre’s massive peak, Thomas and his Swiss friends stayed out of their way by completing the first ascent of Ogre III, where they were able to get

naturally, I feared for their safety. On the other hand, I knew that my husband had taught them everything they needed to know. They had a very good teacher in him. Actually, I could always trust them. What sort of relationship do you have to climbing? When I was young, I had absolutely no interest in climbing. I first came to it through my husband. We spent a lot of time climbing together, above all, here in the Berchtesgaden Alps. But those weren’t difficult routes. The real extreme

when they fall. I simply wish that they always come back in one piece. But I know that you can’t control everything. Here in Berchtesgaden, a man recently died while working. Fell off a ladder from a height of 3 meters. Imagine! Three meters down, onto the lawn, and then dead, just like that, because he fell the wrong way. And Alexander survives a fall from 16 meters ... He always did say that if anything happens, it will be on easy terrain, where you think you’ve got everything in hand. How

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