Markus Pucher is a leading Austrian alpinist who spends a considerable amount of time climbing in Patagonia. Back in 2017, Pucher made the first winter solo of Aguja Guillaumet in Patagonia, which he has just released a film about.

On Janu. 13, 2013 he ensured the entrance of his name into the history books of mountaineering when he climbed the infamous Ferrari Route on Patagonia’s Cerro Torre free solo. Later, he stated he felt “perfectly comfortable, as if I belonged up there,” while making his way up the icy West face of the Torre with frozen fingers and all alone in a mere three hours and 15 minutes.

He repeated the West face of Cerro Torre via the Ragni in a free solo ascent on Dec. 27 2014 in a raging storm and whiteout conditions. This extraordinary ascent caused an international sensation and admiration.

The Cerro Torre may indeed seem like his second home since his three year stint as a mountain guide for the Red Bull Media House shoot, but Pucher never forgets where he comes from: “The mountains are always a great getaway”, he says.

“But the most beautiful thing for me is to return home and see the little, laughing faces of my two daughters. This helps me to keep my feats in perspective.”

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