Earlier this week, mountain guide and professional high altitude skier Luis Stitzniger went missing after reaching the summit of Kangchenjunga in the Himalaya. He was with a strong self-supported team of climbers, many of which were climbing without supplementary oxygen.
Details of where he disappeared are not yet known, but he was planning on skiing from the summit back to base camp. The last time he was seen was around 8,500 metres. There is currently a search and rescue operation to locate him.
Born in Fussem in 1968, Stitzniger has been one of Europe’s most active guides and mountaineers for the past few decades. In 2015 with his wife and regular climbing partner Alix von Melle, Stitzinger published a book called Leidenschaft Leben – Gemeinsam auf die höchsten Berge der Welt (Live your Passion – Together on the highest mountains in the world), in which they discuss their adventures as a married mountaineering couple.
Stitzinger has climbed several 8,000-metre peaks and guided clients to the summit of Everest twice. The following are peaks that he’s climbed without supplementary oxygen and managed to get some skiing in: K2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, Manaslu, Shishapangma, Gasherbrum II and the steep north face of Lenin Peak.