LOWA PRO Team Robert Jasper
Adventurer and extreme mountaineer
Even as a child, Robert Jasper had mountaineering on his mind as he romped around snow drifts in his native Black Forest. By the time he had turned 20, the professional alpinist had already scaled more than 100 of the most challenging routes on the north faces of the Alps all by himself – some of which had never been climbed before.
Robert really turned heads when he conquered the three largest north walls in the Alps (the Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses) in record time within a single year.
In 2003, he was named the world’s most successful mixed climber by the German-language magazine “Klettern” (Climbing). Every tour taken on by the extreme mountain climber is unique. But it’s the north face of the Eiger that continues to lure him. To Robert, it’s a place of personal ambition, passion, adventure, danger and the ultimate athletic challenge. In 2005, he was nominated for the first time for the Piolet d’Or – the Oscar of alpinism.
Robert is considered to be one of the world’s best extreme mountaineers. Today, his expeditions take him to the world’s most remote mountains: the Everest region of the Himalayas, Baffin Island, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia and Greenland. He’s participated in a number of films and documentaries and starred in his own short solo film, “Allein” (Alone). He also serves as a speaker to international business executives.
Facts & figures
- Home base:
- Officially certified mountain and ski guide
- Favourite climbing site:
- Eiger, Kandersteg, Greece
- Local mountain:
- 1,80 m
- 70 kg
How do you prepare for your expeditions? Do you have a special ritual?
“I start with intensive planning. First, I have to do some systematic training and practice climbs in the Alps. Second, I have to mentally prepare myself for the project. I try to identify every challenge and risk factor in advance and prepare to face them. I don’t get started until my inner-voice has given me the go-ahead! You need lots of experience and must proceed cautiously to survive extreme expeditions!”
What is the first thing you do when you reach the top?
“My extreme climbing has shown me that you never really reach the top or an ultimate destination – life is a journey. The peak is the icing on the cake for me, the crowning moment of an expedition. But climbing a great rock face is much more important. The way or the challenging route is my goal. Climbing a particular mountain the very first time is a huge adventure for me. I am climbing into the unknown, and that really gets my juices flowing! The most important things for me are enjoying life and being passionate about what I do! Once I return to civilization from an expedition, I keep my adventure tucked inside of me as a cherished memory. It’s my really personal treasure!”
How do you shake off your own laziness and do your training?
“With enthusiasm and passion! When you have a goal to work toward, the hard stuff seems much easier!”
Do you have any tips for people who would like to give mountaineering a try?
“They really should attend an introductory course taught by a government-certified mountain and ski guide!”
My shoes for…
Ice and mixed climbing: ALPINE ICE GTX
“The ALPINE ICE GTX is perfect for my expeditions, for ice climbing and mountaineering in winter, as it combines a very high degree of wearing comfort with functionality and is easy to wear!”