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Thomas Huber seriously injured in a fall

Thomas Huber

Thomas Huber

“Contrary to all the reports: I am okay,” Thomas Huber writes on Facebook. “I had 1000 guardian angels.” According to the website, the 49-year-old German top climber fell 20 meters deep from a rock wall on the Brendlberg in the Berchtesgaden region in Bavaria, when he was preparing for filming on Tuesday. Thomas meanwhile said it was a 12-meter-fall. He had opened a new route in the wall in late May. The climber was taken to the hospital of the town of Traunstein. Thomas is said to have suffered a fracture of the skull in the fall. Reportedly he was immediately operated for a blood clot.

Latok I climb has to be postponed

The rock face on the Brendlberg

The rock face on the Brendlberg

Thomas had actually planned to fly to Pakistan in August along with Toni Gutsch and Sebastian Brutscher. Their goal: the completion of the route via the North Ridge of the 7,145-meter-high Latok I in the Karakoram. Since the legendary first attempt in 1978 by the Americans Jeff and George Henry Lowe, Michael Kennedy and Jim Donini, who were forced back by a storm about 150 meters below the summit, more than 20 attempts to master the route have failed. In June Thomas had visited these climbing pioneers in the United States.

This plan of the older of the two Huber brothers (Alexander is just on expedition in Greenland) has to be buried in the files again for a while. Now it is important that he will recover completely. Thomas, get well soon, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you get quickly back on your feet!


8. July 2016 | 11:24