Climbing rope of Silvio Baglioni

Climbing Rope teared appart
Climbing Rope teared appart; Installation, 2015

Did you ever ask yourself whether a climbing rope can be torn apart? I did, but all I learned was, that this is unlikely. Climbing ropes loose elasticity but they will not break unless the have a damage seen from the outside.

Then Silvio Baglioni [47] died. August 2nd 2013, Five-Fingers, Dolomits, Italy.

His rope was older. When he fell it was scouring over a rock and broke.

The famous Adam Holzknecht, whom I got to know on the summit of Langkofel,fetched the rope and showed it to my Langkofel guide Gregor Demetz, not less known, and myself.

It looked like my installation.

R.I.P., Silvio.

Landmarks of Mount Everest

Mount Everest is getting an attraction for none-mountain-experienced tourists. As they probably never will climb the mountain I created a series of paintings of the most influencial landmarks.

This Gallery shows some of them, partially finished, partially work in progress. They stand for moments of happiness, frustration and death. Mount Everest is a beast which has not been tamed so far.

George Mallory

Georg Mallory

Georg Mallory
2013, 90 * 90 cm, Oil and tempra on linen

George Herbert Leigh Mallorys (18 June 1886 – 8 or 9 June 1924) contributions to the “Legends of Everest” were: First to extensively explore Mount Everest in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. During the 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition, Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew “Sandy” Irvine both died only about 800 vertical feet from the summit.

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Marco Siffredi

Marco Siffredi

Marco Siffredi
2013, 90 * 90 cm, Oil and tempra on linen

Marco Siffredi (22 May 1979 – September 8, 2002). His contributions to the “Legends of Everest” were: First to descend Mount Everest on a snowboard in 2001 via the Norton Couloir. In 2002, he disappeared after making his second successful Everest summit, while attempting to snowboard the Hornbein Couloir.

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David Keaton

Robert Hall

David Keaton
2013, 90 * 90 cm, Oil and tempra on linen

Robert Edwin Hall (14 January 1961 – 11 May 1996). His contributions to the “Legends of Everest” was: Not first but known for being head guide of a 1996 Mount Everest expedition in which he, a fellow guide, and two clients perished.

However, this painting shows David D. Keaton. I painted the wrong person, but David is also a well reputated mountaineer. Born in 1953 he became the youngest person (29) to complete either version of the ‘Seven Summits’ in 1995 and the first person to finish both the ‘Seven Summits’ and the ‘Fifty State Highpoints”.

David participated in five expeditions with the well-known New Zealand climber Rob Hall including an ascent of Everest in the spring of 1994. This commercial expedition set a number of records including the first to place all its members on the summit and return them safely, the first person on foot to attain the ‘three poles’ (Everest, South and North poles), and the second oldest man (56) to summit. Additionally, Rob Hall became the first westerner to scale Everest four times. This would be the last time he would return safely from the summit.

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David Sharp *1972 +2006

David Sharp
Oil and tempera on canvas, 2010, 40 * 50 cm

David Sharp (15 February 1972 – 15 May 2006) was an English mountaineer who died near the summit of Mount Everest after possibly reaching the summit of Mount Everest on his third attempt. His death caused controversy and debate, because he was passed by a number of other climbers heading to and returning from the summit.

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Green Boot Cave – Tsewang Paljor

Gren Boot CaveOil and tempera on canvas, 2010, 135 * 120 cm

The Green Boot Cave is a small cave close to the summit of Mount Everest. Many climbers pass it on their way up the normal north route. It is named after the boots of Tsewang Paljor still lying there.

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Vitor Negrete *1967 +2006

Vitor NegreteOil and tempera on canvas, 60 * 50 cm, 2010

Vitor Negrete was a prominent Brazilian climber. He reached the summit of Mount Everst twice, but he died in 2006 on his second attempt without using oxygen.
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