Simon Gietl

Simon Gietl

Feel strong, but not immortal

Simon Gietl

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From woodworm to passionate climber

Simon Gietl may have chosen to be somewhat “wooden” in his early vocational life. But that all changed when he discovered his calling to a very different type of terrain. The mountain guide and extreme mountaineer from South Tyrol lives with his family in Luttach, Italy, and is generally found somewhere in the mountains – pursuing his passion. No matter whether he's somewhere between the Dolomites, on expeditions in Greenland, Patagonia or the Himalayas, or on the face of one of the many walls in the world, Simon is an inveterate adventurer. He's someone who's more interested in the totality of his experiences than the simple climb to the summit itself.

Simon’s affinity for the world of mountains wasn't something that simply appeared early in his life. Before he caught mountain fever at 18, he was busy completing a cabinetmaker apprenticeship. The former “woodworm” fell in love with the mountains three years after his first experiences in the vertical world – afterwards, nothing else stood in his way to a career as a professional climber.

Simon Gietl
Simon Gietl an der Peitlerkofel-Nordwand

While climbing on rock or ice, Simon always concentrates on the challenge he's posing to himself – both in physical and mental terms. He prefers to take on rock and ice routes that reflect the philosophy of the late German climbing legend Wolfgang Güllich: “The mind is the most important muscle in climbing.” In speaking of himself, Simon says: “I train my body and mind also with the desire to leave behind my own tracks on the alpine faces.” Tracks that have been honoured in many ways, including presentation of the Grignetta d’Oro – the award given to Italy’s best alpinist – in 2016.