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The Last Sherpas in Europe

What do you know about the Sherpa?

It’s a brand for mountain folks like us, that everyone knows. Most people are even aware that the inspirators of the brand name are porters in the Himalayas. Fewer people know, however, that originally it is a name of an ethnicity (people living in the highest parts of Nepal), not a profession. It is just that over time the outstanding skills of the Sherpa people, who function(ed) as porters and guides in high altitudes of the Himalayas, have become one with the name. Now any porter-guide is called a sherpa.

So, you were clear about this? Well done! But did you know that there are sherpas in Europe as well?

Viktor Beránek trägt Lasten auf seine Hütte "Chata pod Rysmi" in der hohen Tatra

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Obama To Climb Kilimanjaro

July 29th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Mountain Guides, Mountaineering - Alps

President Obama is heading to Kilimanjaro, the top of Africa!


Upon his recent visit to Africa, Barack Obama announced that he is planning to climb Kilimanjaro after he leaves office in 2016. The American president, who is about to finish his two terms in office in November 2016, is enthusiastic to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, next to going on a safari in the Maasai Mara and a beach holiday in Lamu.

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What To Do With Mountain Sickness

It’s simple. It’s common. It’s awful.

Do you know the feeling when you’ve been preparing for a summit for months and you think you’ve done everything, from reading days about the climb, through  checking the temperature to picking the right equipment? And finally when you’re there, you’re knocked out by the simplest thing. High altitude. It just happened to me when I was climbing Grossvenediger. I wish I had known more about mountain sickness.

Here’s what you definitely should know before you head out.

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How to Lose Your Alpine Virginity

July 14th, 2015 | 2 Comments | Posted in Mountaineering - Alps

In the last couple of months, I had a bunch of “first experiences” (first via ferrata, first multi-pitch rock-climb, first kiss [OK, that no] :-) but none was so impressive as my first high mountain climb. Imagine sleeping in your winter jacket and 4 layers of blankets, walking in dense fog and an immense whiteness, falling into a crevasse covered in snow, feeling like collapsing of altitude sickness before the peak, dropping an iPhone after the summit photo, and crashing in bed after the climb at 5 in the afternoon when normally you sit down for a tea to plan the evening party. Not your average Thursday, right? Not mine at least. And I couldn’t even imagine it, until I was there.


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Via Ferrata Practical Guide

June 19th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Via Ferrata

What’s awesome about via ferrata is that you can explore crazy routes and amazing views, on your own, in relative safety. You don’t need to be a badass climber to get to the top of the Dolomites or manage on vertical walls over Lago di Garda. How cool is that! But don’t be super-confident and head to La Marmolada with a pair of trainers and a chocolate bar.

Last week we had quite a memorable ferrata trip in the Alps. We got into a storm just when we were on the crux (read more of it here and check the pix here). This experience urged us to collect and hand over some useful pieces of advice, so you go safe.

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It’s All in Your Head

When I went climbing for the first time, my forearms and my fingers hurt so much that I had to stop after just an hour. I was disappointed and asked my trainer: “Hey coach, how can I train for climbing?” He simply said, “With climbing.” Today, after a number of climbs and via ferratas, I know it was not completely true, or at least not how I understood it. When it comes to whether you succeed or fail on a route, may it be rock-climbing or via ferrata, it is so not about the muscles. It’s much more about the mind.

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A rookie rocky’s tale about Montserrat

June 15th, 2015 | 5 Comments | Posted in Mountain Guides, Rock Climbing

You remember the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Let me tell you my rock-climbing version of the tale. It’s about adventure, fear, progress and — here’s the rocky twist — it’s set on a soaring mountain, not in a deep forest.


Once upon a time Little Red Climbing Helmet – let’s call her Anna – went to see a far far land – let’s call it Catalonia. She was a vagabond who wanted to explore the world and bring some gems back home to her little cat who was bored in their 2-room-apartment. Poor one, never climbed a tree, let alone a mountain, so Anna, an outdoor junkie, wanted to bring home the world to him. She heard myriads of legends about Montserrat, this awesome rock formation, so she decided to find the treasures of ‘Saw Mountain’. Now let’s hear her story:

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How To Maximise Mountain Safety — A Case for Elbrus

Why do you think it is that most mountains that are considered “easy” prove to be among the most dangerous? Like with avalanches, your mind that can easily trick you into underestimating your circumstances and overvaluing your control, which often ends very badly. Against catastrophes like the one in Nepal, you cannot do much, but in many cases tragedies could be prevented. What goes wrong usually and what can you do?

Although the highest peak of Europe, you consider Mount Elbrus as a relatively accessible and easy 5000-er, right? Yeah, that’s the general opinion. As such, it is a very popular climbing destination not only for Seven Summiters but also for amatuer climbers who want to taste the Caucasus after having done the Alps. More »

Video and Details of Everest Base Camp Avalanche

3,300 people are now confirmed to have died in Nepal after the horrifying earthquake hit on Saturday, April 25th. Here’s the first video showing the immense power of the avalanche that hit Everest BC and the panic of the people in Everest’s Base Camp:

We have a mountain guide on Everest now Zsolt Török – he’s trapped with his team (not clients, but a Romanian expedition) around Camp 1, because the Khumbu-icefall is impassable due to avalanche debris. Here is what else we know…
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Avalanche Danger After Them Rainy Days

March 25th, 2015 | 1 Comment | Posted in Mountaineering - Alps, Ski Touring

Not many people head out for a skitrip when it rains. However, even days after rain, the snow can still be soaked as a sponge. Here is a case from a couple years back from Tyrol. Enjoy and learn!

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