Bühnengespräch: Everest vor 40 Jahren -Damals und Heute
30 min
Special Programme
Has entering the so called “Throne room of the mountain gods” become a tourist attraction nowadays?
40 Years ago first Austrian Expedition team conquered the summit of Mount Everest. Two members of the same team wrote alpine history: first ascent without supplementary oxygen.
Changes of the style of climbing on the highest mountains evolved gradually. Not only the equipment, also the general character of the expeditions matched the new perceptions and the combined demands. A new commercial branch evolved, which moved Everest as a goal “closer” to the aspirants.
Are technical possibilities able to equalize extreme weather conditions, cold, lack of oxygen and dangerous terrain? With the former leader Wolfgang Nairz, and other team members of the expediton, will be a discussion together with mountain guide Rupert Hauer. He became a hero in 2013 when he rescued a snow-blind American climber and his Sherpa just below the summit of Everest. While rescuing the climber to safety he gave up his ascent, and also suffered serious frostbite. Against all odds and after this experience he reached the summit of Everest twice this year while guiding clients of a commercial “Speed expedition”.