Robert Jasper

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Germany

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Photo portrait: 
Robert Jasper profile - photo © coll. Robert Jasper
Date de naissance: 
15 April 1968
Lieu de résidence: 
Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany
Statut actuel: 
mountain guide, physical education teacher, training instructor for guides
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2000

My job is to explore nature
“Passion connects people to each other, but it also connects people to nature. The more that people connect to nature, the more they connect with themselves and the more they find their true selves. I am an alpinist who specializes in ice climbing, but I like all disciplines that connect to the mountains. My objective is to develop a modern style of climbing, like for example, the first free ascent of the Japanese-Direct (1800m/8a) on the north face of the Eiger. I consider the climbing on that route to be the most difficult climbing in the Alps. I also want to develop a modern alpine style in foreign places such as the Tierra del Fuego, Baffin Island, Svalbard and the Himalaya.”

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I progress step by step to reach my dream
“I started climbing in the Black Forest, an in southern Germany. I had good rock just outside my doorstep, and was close to the Swiss Alps. In the Alps, my favorite face is the north face of the Eiger. I have experienced endless adventures there so for me it’s a magic location. I also like places like Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia and the Himalaya with their marvelous cultures. In Europe, the south of France is my favorite for its climbing crags. The Black Forest will always be in my backyard as a place to go for walks with my children. It’s always been important to me to leave and come back and leave again and so on. But returning home to the Black Forest to recharge is always important to me, it’s my base camp.”
 
 
Introduction to travel
“My travels are, for me, more than simply a ‘sport’. They are more like a true lifestyle and a passion. When I travel, I meet other people from other countries in a unique way and this enriches my life. The more I share what I have seen, the richer my experience becomes.”
 
 
I love to tell the stories of unusual walls
“During my free time I enjoy my family and my children. When I return home from climbing trips or expeditions, I like to share all of my experiences – through stories, slide shows and events– with everyone who wants to hear. I take the opportunity to share my passion as well as all that I have learned during my adventures. I organize conferences and training for people who come from a different cultural backgrounds or have a different social life. Sharing my lifestyle with others is how I live my life.I try to connect all the different disciplines of mountaineering. And I speak of my personal experiences in relation to all I have learned. I love the public relations aspect of my work. For example, I participate in management training for big companies such as Holcim, ABB, Adidas, etc. which I really enjoy.”
 
 
My motto
“Do what there is to do, but first think about whether or not it is in line with my ethics. Do everything with all my heart, as well as possible.”

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Mike Horn

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South Africa

ZAF
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Date de naissance: 
16 July 1966
Lieu de résidence: 
Switzerland
Formation: 
Degree in Sports and Human Movement Science Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Statut actuel: 
Professional adventurer / Explorer
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
1998

My favorite saying: We can make our dreams come true.
«I have completed some quite exceptional feats of endurance, determination and courage, which have pushed my own limits, if not that of human beings and their dreams. My experiences with oceans, rivers and mountains, of marshland and tundra, of ice, jungles and deserts are unquantifiable. Aquatic activities are my favorite. Over the last ten years, I have spent a long time in the equatorial jungle of the Amazon and in the Arctic. Out there, I feel totally at one with nature and the elements – it's the only way to survive. You have to respect nature and its inhabitants and learn from them. The biggest life lessons I have learned have been from the Amazonian Indians and the Inuit peoples of the Arctic. I have the utmost respect for the explorers of times past such as Admundsen and Jacques-Yves Cousteau. In my profession, first and foremost as a solitary adventurer, what matters most is determination coupled with great mental capacity and strength. I get my energy from God, my family, my close team and my circle of friends.»

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Today: transmit
«I would like to transmit a maximum amount of energy to the younger generations by taking them on expeditions with me, to give them the opportunity to explore. I would like to share my experiences with them and show them that you can learn through exploration, and through this learning, take measures to preserve our planet's natural resources.
 
This is the aim of the YEP Pangaea youth explorers program. These young people are the future. This program could become an important environmental project in the future. Having such an in-depth knowledge of nature, I am afraid of what the future holds. There will be many more things on the planet that we'll need to preserve, such as life.»
 
«What will I do next? I don't know, tomorrow is another day. I live from one day to the next. Each second of every minute counts. I am happy with what I'm doing and don't want to change a thing. I just need 36-hour days.»
 
«To conclude, it's better to try and fail than to fail to try. The impossible only exists until we find a way to make it possible.»
 
 

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Aljaž Anderle

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Slovenia

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Aljaz Anderle - Photo © Tony Lamiche
Date de naissance: 
8 June 1973
Lieu de résidence: 
Tržič, Slovenia
Formation: 
University degree in international security
Statut actuel: 
Mountain guide
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2000

Still stoked after twenty years of ice climbing
“The passion for the sport, a love of life, a certain ethic, commitment, a desire to explore, the desire to improve… Climbing gives meaning to my life. In short, that is who I am. Every person carries within himself the opportunity to live a happy life in harmony with what he loves and I try in every way I can to be that kind of person. As such, Petzl has always been an important partner, not only for their sponsorship but also for their friendship and philosophy. I try to explore and push my limits. A bit like the film “Le Grand Bleu”, I tend to look for what’s on the other side to understand the significance of what’s possible and, at the same time, the meaning of life.”

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Has my childhood prepared me for my job as an alpinist?
“No, not really. Both my parents are alpinists but I always wanted to be a pilot. Then I wanted to be a soldier. During my childhood, it was Ayrton Senna who inspired me the most with his willingness to constantly progress (and. as a result, I crashed a few cars…). In addition, if I wasn’t doing what I do now, I would be a pilot. Why? Is there any link between that and my life today? What is it? I don’t know.”
 
A geographical link
“The places where I feel the best are northern Norway, Alberta province in the western Canada, and all of Slovenia. Slovenia is my home. I am emotionally attached to it because it’s possibly one of the most diverse countries on the planet. Although I have traveled extensively, you should understand that I love my country.
In Canada, you always receive a very warm welcome. I love to go back there because of the feeling you get of freedom and immensity, which makes me happy. In Canada you can leave behind the crowds and the hectic lifestyle of Europe.
It’s the same thing in Norway, especially the northern part where man exists hand in hand with nature to create unbelievable scenarios. This combination comes from working creatively in a really difficult environment.”
 
My working relationships
“Financial matters are not the most important thing in my life, but perhaps it’s part of the secret to being happy. I love to be surrounded by true friends. I love to work with partners who show mutual respect and openness. I like to work on a win/win basis, which makes everyone happy. My partners, employers and clients are: the Alpine Association of Slovenia, Mountain Rescue Service, Slovenian Mountain Guide Association, and The School of Rhetorical Skills in Ljubljana.”
 
Inspiration
“I spend a lot of time reading and writing. Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke and Richard Bach are a few of my favorite authors.
My favorite books are:
- “Childhood’s” End by Arthur C. Clarke .(Perhaps there is a future for humanity)
- “Illusions” by Richard Bach. (We are the creators of our own lives.)
- “Fate is the Hunter” by Ernest Gann. (The true story of a pilot who talks about the unpredictable direction that destiny always takes us.)
The two films that have caught my attention the most are:
- “Blade Runner”. (This film shows us another dimension of life that we think we know. We discover what we already know and what we are about to learn.)
- “Pulp Fiction”. (We must stay in control of life so that we don’t suffer all the time.)”
 
Proper use of rhetoric
“My primary objective is to share my experiences. I teach young climbers, I organize slideshows. I write about rock climbing and mountain safety. I am a mountain guide, and I design an educational curriculum for alpine instructors. It’s a great honor for me to share my knowledge with others and to learn at the same time.”
 
Patience, faith, tranquility and consistency
“In five years, my life will not be very different. I will continue to take advantage of my good fortune, take the necessary turns and make the right choices based on my instinct, and to share with the people that I love. If I had no limits for example, I would go back in time, take Guy Lacelle by the hand and I would choose an ice route that we would climb together and that he would list as one of his favorites. Guy Lacelle is the master who introduced me to ice climbing.”
 
Aljaz’s anecdote
“Many of my climbing stories have one thing in common: a car accident. There must be a reason but perhaps I should just be thankful for the luck I have in the mountains because, in the end, crashing cars is not a high price to pay. The result is that there is a reputation following me that it is less stressful to go climbing with me than to get in the car with me.”

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Antony Lamiche

Tony Lamiche profile - Photo © Stephan Denys
Tony Lamiche profile - Photo © Stephan Denys

France

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Date de naissance: 
15 July 1977
Lieu de résidence: 
Hautes-Alpes, France
Formation: 
ENSA, mountain guide, ski and climbing instructor
Statut actuel: 
professional climber, mountain guide
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2001

A need for freedom and pure air
“My star sign is Cancer. I have my head in the clouds. My life is a constant search for physical and mental well being in the natural environment, with passionate people who exude energy. I like to share beautiful stories through photo and film, with joy and good humor. In terms of activities, bouldering is my guiding line, but climbing at crags and in the mountains have always been an important part of my life. Climbing is the most natural form of movement that exists. It’s thanks to my climbing that I live in the most beautiful places in the world endlessly discovering and meeting… I am hooked on climbing, all of it makes me happy. Skiing also, because powder skiing is an instant pleasure. In short, what I like the most and what I’m best at are bouldering, skiing and eating.”

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Like a Zen garden
“My favorite places are bouldering spots because they have a truly unique energy; Rockland in South Africa is a good example. It’s a little bit like a magnet that attracts fitness and joy. Discovering these wild places and meeting good people is pure happiness for me.”
 
 
 
My life style can be defined in one word: free
“My network is comprised of climbers, mountaineers and freeriders. I feel close to passionate people, people who wake up in the morning with desire. The people I work with are people I feel good being with. It’s simple. The climber who inspires me the most is Philippe Ribière (Petitou). The person who has touched me the most, literally as well as figuratively, is my wife. We share everything. If I was not a professional boulderer right now, I would be a professional skier or carpenter.”
 
 
 
My objective in life is to communicate through the most beautiful images possible
“The only thing I’m missing is time. I can’t accomplish everything. I’d like to be a sports genius so that I could better understand my body and move more easily. The perfect day would start with fresh oranges for breakfast, then bouldering – I’d be happy with sandstone or granite – then biking without going too far into the red zone, then a little bit of skiing at sunset,followed by a good night amongst friends.”
 
 
 
Tony’s anecdote
“Success or failure means almost nothing. Sometimes you have to force destiny. The day I tried “The Fly” (New Hampshire, Quebec), I almost succeeded on the second try but bad weather,poor fitness… But one morning at the end of the trip – it was time to leave for another area – I woke up motivated. So just before going to the airport I took the car and went back for one last try – I sent it.”
 
 

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