Austrian native Robert Schauer is both
an expert mountaineer having completed some of the
world’s most difficult climbs including a winter summit
of Eiger North Face, Gasherbrum IV - West Face, and five
of the world’s 8,000 meter peaks -- Mount Everest
(twice), Hidden Peak, Nanga Parbat, Makalu and Broad
Peak, and an expert filmmaker. He is the founder and
director of the international Mountain and Adventure
Film Festival in Graz, Austria and has produced or
co-produced a dozen films for Austrian and international
television as well as Austria’s tourist board.
Schauer first summited Everest in 1978 as part of a 13 man
Austrian expedition led by Wolfgang Nairz a thirty-nine-year-old journalist
from Innsbruck. One Hundred Twenty Five mile an hour winds and minus 40°
temperatures thwarted an attempt by expedition members to summit without
oxygen but on May 3rd Nairz, Schauer, Horst Berghmann and the sirdar Ang Phu
attained the peak.
He would return to Everest in 1996 as part of an IMAX
filming team, which would capture 2 minutes of footage of the expansive view
from Everest’s summit using a 42-pound camera hauled up the mountainside.
Along on the expedition helping the IMAX team was also Jamling Tenzing Norgay,
the son of Sherpa Tenzing who made the first ascent in 1953 with Sir Edmund