Kurt Albert (1954–2010) was one of the greatest and most ingenious climbers and mountaineers of all time. A biography about the German climber was published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death.
Born in Nuremberg, counted Kurt Albert to the pioneers of the international free climbing movement, who in the Frankenjura had one of their centers. With the invention of the Red dot Kurt Albert wrote climbing history.
His keen mind, his openness to people and ideas, his thirst for adventure and his wit made him the focus of a sporty and social subculture whose influences went far beyond climbing and mountaineering itself.
With it, traditions, values and thought patterns also changed, climbing became a popular sport, the economic and aesthetic significance of which is clearly visible in many parts of society today.
Numerous first ascents
With numerous first ascents, Kurt Albert left his mark in the mountains of the world. Even more remarkable than his alpine achievements is the consistency with which he maintained his lifestyle over the decades. Kurt Albert was not just a free climber - above all and first of all, he led a free, independent life.
The multiple award-winning author and filmmaker fills with his biography Tom duration a memory gap that Kurt Albert's sudden accidental death tore in September 2010. His book will appeal to all of those who Climbing and Mountaineering not just as a sport, but as an attitude towards life.
The author Tom Dauer in an interview with Actiontalk TV
About the author
Tom Dauer, born in 1969, feels connected to Kurt Albert in many ways. The literary and political scientist wrote, among other things, a book about Reinhard Karl, whose texts Kurt Albert also admired. For his standard work “Cerro Torre - Mythos Patagonia” he lived there for over a year and shared a wooden hut with Kurt Albert for weeks in the Fitz Roy base camp. As an alpinist, author and filmmaker he is and remains independent - an ideal that he shares with Kurt Albert.
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