Josef Pfnür

Josef Pfnür

Outdoors in nature, you forget all about the day-to-day.

Josef Pfnür

Shoeless in Kyrgyzstan

Josef “Steno” Pfnür doesn’t really call himself a true sport climber. The 25-year-old’s interests are way too varied for that. Aside from heading to the crags, the man from Schönau am Königsee in Berchtesgaden, Southern Germany, also loves being out in snow and on the ice, for example, ice climbing or ski touring. But travel in distant countries also fascinates him, especially all of the different cultures. All told, he is just simply happy when outdoors, because that is where you forget all about the day-to-day, he says. You get your thoughts off work. Which for him is quite something. Josef works as a master of metal construction in Oberjettenberg at the German military’s Technical Centre for Safety and Specialty Engineering. On the side, he is trying to complete the training to become a certified German mountain guide and ski instructor.

Josef Pfnür

The unusual part of this? Nobody in his family has any desire or interest in mountaineering. Except Josef. And what a desire he is, as he demonstrated on a trip to Madagascar, among others, where he was able to realise a first ascent with a team. And as he showed on his final expedition with the German Alpine Club’s (DAV) Expedition Team for youth to Kyrgyzstan, which was a true experience for a number of reasons. In part, because of the successful first ascent of two 5,000ers, and also because a part of the expedition took place with borrowed equipment. Because two pieces of baggage filled with gear were lost on the flight there and were not delivered in time. The expedition physician started his life-saving mission right at the start by loaning out his shoes. “We tried to buy gear there, but nobody in Kyrgyzstan wears size 46,” said Josef. He’s not sure yet where he is off to next. That, he’ll decide based on the goal and whether he can arrange it with his employer. Although Josef has a lot of fun on his expeditions, they will remain a hobby.