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Ralf Gantzhorn. Wir trauern um einen großartigen Menschen, Bergsteiger und Fotografen.
Seine faszinierenden Bilder, Reportagen und Vorträge haben uns und tausende Menschen inspiriert und begeistert. Damit hat er sich selbst eine bleibende Erinnerung geschaffen. Wir werden ihn schmerzlich vermissen…
Korsika: Das Gebirge im Meer
Ob Bergsportler, Naturliebhaber oder Strandurlauber – auf Korsika ist für jeden etwas dabei. Und wenn man alles drei auf einmal ist, befindet man sich im Paradies.
Das Tausend-Sterne-Hotel – Teil 1
Was gibt es schöneres als eine Nacht unterm Sternenhimmel? Also einfach Schlafsack und Isomatte schnappen und raus in den Wald? So einfach ist es leider nicht. Ein Ratgeber.
Actually, I didn’t want to do anymore four thousanders – too much slogging, overcrowded lodges, top 40 radio and wannabe mountaineers. The Zinalrothorn convinced me otherwise. Together with Boris Gnielka and Ben Rattig, we had an exhilarating day on the Rotgrat. Solid rock, great climbing, plenty of air on all sides and all nestled in a beautiful landscape, the clouds and the sun always conjuring up new moods. In the picture, the Himmelsleiter on the descent down the normal route, Monte Rosa and the Gorner Glacier in the background.
Ralf Gantzhorn was born in 1964, holds a M.S. in Geology – and has even worked as a geologist (as an independent consultant in the contamination sector). He has been climbing since 1983 and working as a photographer since 1985. As a northern German, he is always torn between the far too distant mountains and the fresh sea air, but he’s found a compromise in Scandinavia, Scotland and Patagonia (where he has now spent over three years). He enjoys organizing trips in areas where unfamiliar vistas – which haven’t already been photographed 1000 times – lure from every corner. He often experiences his images as far too static, but then is pleased with the abundance of triangles in the structure and the fantastic light.
Scotland is perhaps the most underrated wilderness of Europe. This is especially true in winter, when the low mountain range (in name only) of the waiting bens turns into veritable giants of ice and snow and the Atlantic winds sculpt bizarre snow formations. This photo was taken during the descent from Beinn Dearg in the northern highlands we didn’t come across any other people until we arrived down at the fjord.
After a bad-weather front passed by, we started out for the Nadelhorn despite icy winds and a sky full of clouds. The payoff for our freezing: the sky opened up just before the peak and presented us with a landscape covered in fresh snow and a surreal atmosphere.
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