Question 1.) Hi Hans Joerg, well you just got back from another amazing, wild, brutal expedition, the Summit the Lupghar Sar West, on the region of Karakorum, in Pakistan. Please can you tell us about this?
Question 3.) How do you handle your fears in this situations? I have been this winter in Alaska and I had such a powerful experience in finding myself in such remote and desolated land. What were your feeling in pushing the summit of the Lupghar Sar West?
HJA Yes, when you are solo you are more exposed, but you move light and fast and you feel even stronger. There is nobody else around. This kind of experience opens even more possibilities for me for the future.
Question 4.) You have done some extraordinary expeditions: which one is the most important for you? And which the most thrilling one?
Question 5.) Changing topic completely, alpinism has become for some aspects an "high profitable business". You can see thousands of people trying to summit the Everest even if they are not prepared… You on the other side have devoted your entire life to study and train yourself on the mountains. What are your thoughts about this situation?
Question 6.) You were a teacher, you wrote books, how your academic background is of help in preparing and communicating to the vast audience your adventures?
HJA I like the work behind climbing. I like to write things about expeditions, I like to study a lot, writing my stories, writing about mountains. I'm reflecting a lot.
Question 7.) Are you still inspired by someone or by a specific recent event?
Question 8.a.) Last year we experienced two extreme events like Alex Honnold Climbing Yosemite's El Capitan solo (i.e. Without a Rope) and Adam Ondra climbing the first 9c ever in Flatanger-Norway. How can these events influence the future of climbing? What's your feeling?
HJA It's incredible, you know. If you believe that in Climbing or in Alpinism the top level is achieved you are totally wrong! There will always be achievements that were not imaginable before
Question 9.) What will be your next adventure?
HJA I'm thinking about opening a new route on Marmolada. I want to focus on climbing.