Climber (48) from Rosenheim in South America had an accident – family and friends collect for salvage
Created: 12/29/2022, 10:08 am
By: Miriam Haberhauer
The Rosenheim extreme climber Christoph Klein (48) had an accident in South America shortly before Christmas.
A Rosenheim extreme mountaineer (48) had a fatal accident in South America shortly before Christmas.
The father of the family was probably not secured when the dramatic accident happened.
Munich – Shortly before Christmas, the extreme mountaineer, theologian and author Christoph Klein (48) had a fatal accident on South American Cerro Torre.
Klein almost died while mountaineering in 2017.
Rosenheimer had an accident on Cerro Torre: climbing accident just before Christmas
The accident happened on December 19 at the Cerro Torre group on the Argentine-Chilean border.
As the aid organization “Kirche in Not” has now announced, the man from Rosenheim was traveling in South America with a climbing partner.
The duo had already climbed two peaks in the formation before deciding to turn back.
Cerro Torre is on the Argentina-Chilean border.
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"Between two summits, Christoph and his companion realized that the conditions were too bad," reported his friend, the publisher Achim Pasold, to the Internet
On the way back, Klein fell.
His body was found a little later because his headlamp was still on.
The rescuers could only determine his death.
According to his companion, the Rosenheimer was neither roped nor secured at the time of the accident.
Rescue under difficult conditions - body probably still on the mountain
The salvage of the body was initially difficult due to the conditions on the mountain.
It was also initially unclear which of the countries was responsible for the salvage in the border region.
Friends and family therefore collected for his rescue.
It is currently unclear whether Klein's body has already been recovered.
Klein was born in Rosenheim, but lived with his family in Switzerland.
The 48-year-old leaves behind a wife and three daughters.
Eventful life: mountaineer, family man, author
As early as June 2017, his love for the mountain almost cost Klein his life.
At the time, he described the fatal accident to kath.ch : "I fell a few meters uncontrollably, but not dramatically, and had the bad luck of losing
upper incisors." After this incident, he made the decision to take the climbing more calmly and "no more high-alpine climbing with questionable protections and tricky rock," Klein told
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The Swiss-by-choice had already scaled numerous peaks in his life, including the Matterhorn, the north face of the Eiger, "El Capitan" in the USA and the notorious east face of the Watzmann.
Klein was also an ice climber.
Klein documented many of his mountain tours on his YouTube channel.
The almost 3100 meter high Cerro Torre is located in the Los Glaciares National Park on the Argentine-Chilean border.
With its steep, smooth rock faces, it is considered by mountaineers to be one of the most beautiful and most difficult peaks at the same time.