Hans Kammerlander is among the most famous mountaineers of South Tyrol. He did a lot of first ascents in the alps and in the Himalaya, he stood on 12 8,000 m high mountains and was able to climb some of the most important peaks in Patagonia.
Kammerlander was born in Ahornach, a small mountain village in South Tyrol, in 1956. As a boy he climbed the 3,000 m high Mount Moostock, where his passion for mountains started. He climbed a lot of difficult routes in the Tauferer Ahrntal Valley and in the Dolomites and with 21 years he became a proofed mountain- and ski guide and got to know Reinhold Messner.
Reinhold Messner allowed him to follow him to Himalaya. Together they climbed 7 8,000 m high mountains, every time without using oxygen cylinders. All in all Kammerlander stood on 13 of the highest mountains of the world.
Beside the Himalaya and Patagonia expeditions, he did some spectacular activities in the Alps, too. In 24 hours he and Hans-Peter Eisendle climbed the Ortler-North Face, biked from Sulden to the feet of the Drei Zinnen over 246 km and took the North Face of the Great Zinne. Another spectacular action was the 24 hours climb of the 4 ridges of Mount Matterhorn.
In the last years he was also on expeditions on Mount Jasemba and K2. At the moment he is trying to climb the second highest 7 summits.