Weekend Warm-Up: No Turning Back – Hansjörg Auer

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Hansjörg Auer seen during a break on the way to the Masherbrum in Pakistan, 2014. Photo: Manuel Ferrigato / Red Bull Content Pool.

This week, ExWeb reported that Austrian mountaineer Hansjörg Auer is on his way to 7,181m Lupghar Sar West in Pakistan’s Karakorum.

Auer is best known for his under-the-radar 2007 free solo of the south face of the Marmolada in the Italian Dolomites.  This was one of the most impressive big wall free solos, along with Alex Honnold’s 2017 success on El Capitan’s Freerider, in Yosemite. Auer also nailed a first ascent of Kunyang Chhish East (7,400 m), one of the last great problems in the Karakorum.

This week’s film depicts Auer’s early years, his growing passion for solo climbing as he gained confidence in his abilities and his recent move to the high ranges.

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer with a PhD in Exercise Science. He lives in the UK and has also written for Rock and Ice, Outside, UK Climbing etc. He recently led a 634km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia. See more at www.ashrouten.com.

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