KMF PROFILE: Stephan Siegrist

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Stephan Siegrist is another superb climber and alpinist who is making an appearance at this years Kendal Mountain Festival.

Stephan Siegrist
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Earlier this year, Siegrist with fellow Swiss climber Dani Arnold and German Thomas Senf made the first winter ascent of Torre Egger (2,685-meter) in Patagonia next to Cerro Torre.

On Torre Egger, 73 kb
On Torre Egger
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The three-day push to the summit occurred in a perfect weather window, extremely rare for the area. After 22 hours of climbing, the team reached the base of the summit and decided to rest for four hours before tackling the infamous ice mushrooms.

After the sun came up, inclement weather started moving in, so the team made a fast push and reached the summit at midday.

Siegrist had experienced winter climbing in Patagonia back in 1999 when with Thomas Ulrich, David Fasel and Greg Crouch, he made the first winter ascent of Cerro Torre's West Face.

VIDEO: First winter ascent on Torre Egger (Patagonia)

In 2009 Siegrist made the first successful redpoint ascent of Magic Mushroom on the North Face of the Eiger. This route had been established in 2007 by Roger Schäli and Christoph Hainz and leads up the 3219 metres high mushroom in 21 pitches and now goes free at 7c+.

In the same year Siegrist, together with Alexander Huber, Thomas Huner and Max Riechl carried out three first ascents on Holtanna and Ulvetanna, two relatively unknown, remote and beautiful mountains in the Antarctic.

Biography from www.

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Stephan Siegrist is a Mammut Athlete
Stephan Siegrist was born in 1972 in Meikirch, Switzerland; a rural area close to the city and far from the powerful Swiss mountains. He now lives in the Bernese Oberland (Switzerland) at the foot of the Alps close to his family and friends.

Stephan embarked on his first alpine adventure at the age of 11 on a ski tour. It was later on Stephan would realise that it was here he discovered what would become his passion in life. Five years later, he visited his first climbing camp and was fascinated by the sport.

At the age of 19 Stephan completely dedicated himself to climbing. His physical build, his natural ability and hard work have brought him to the top of his field very quickly. Since 1998 Stephan has been working as a professional mountain guide and expedition climber.

His projects include spectacular first ascents in Patagonia, the Alps (particularly on Eiger where he opened several of the most difficult climbs on the North Face), the Himalayas, Central Asia and Antarctica.

Stephan's passion, experience and ardour for seeking out unique faces and beautiful summits are what make him belong to the most renowned alpinists of the world. In recent years base-jumping has become an extension of Stephan's evolution as an alpinist and another means of exploring the limits he is in search to define.

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