We are deeply saddened by the loss of our athletes, Jess Roskelley, David Lama, and Hansjörg Auer.
Hansjörg Auer had a one of a kind relationship with the mountains and wanted to experience them in every way he could. The mountains of Austria were truly his blank canvas, and whether it was free climbing, paragliding, skiing, or ice climbing he could add his unique signature to them in a multitude of ways.
He excelled at everything he did and from an early age was driven to improve his ability across all disciplines. In 2007, he free soloed the Marmolada in the Dolomites and recently combined a link of solo ascents with a paraglider descents. His ascents in the Himalaya centered on the hidden peaks in the 7000m range - most recently a solo ascent of Lupghar Sar West.
Hansjörg was the soul of climbing and had such an honest approach to life. We’ll miss Hansjörg's lanky stride and his very simple way of making the hardest routes his own. We’ll miss his excitement for the next adventure, and will honor him by embodying this into everything we do.
- Free Solo of Tempi Moderni (6c/ 800 m), Fish (7b+/ 850 m), Locker vom Hocker (7a/ 350 m) and Bayrischer Traum (7a/ 400 m) and Mephisto (6c+/400m)
- First Free Ascent of L’ultimo dei Paracadutisti (8b+/ 650 m) on Marmolada Southwestface
- First Ascent of Bruderliebe (8b/800m) on Marmolada Southface
- First Ascent of Kunyang Chhish East (7400 m) via the 2700m high southwest face
- First Ascent of the south face on Nilgiri South (6839 m) – (RIP my good friend Gerry)
- Sportclimbing up to 8c+ and first ascents up to 8c