Moving farewell to alpine legend Hansjörg Auer

Two weeks after the avalanche tragedy in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, which also killed David Lama and Jess Roskelley (USA), Hansjörg Auer was buried in his hometown Umhausen.

“Because what I find always fascinates me anew.” The saying, which is on the party of Hansjörg Auer, is a quote.A thought by the exceptional alliner of 2015. A thought that describes why the Umhauser again and again also on risky expeditions is broken.

On Wednesday, two weeks after the avalanche tragedy in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, which also killed David Lama and Jess Roskelley (USA), Auer was buried in his hometown. No cloud clouded the sky blue, just as if the surrounding mountain world too wanted to say goodbye to its supposedly close proximity. Like his partner Tatjana, as well as his extended family, his comrades from the mountain rescue, the Alpine Club, as well as hundreds of friends and companions.

Already in the apron the relatives had urged the media not to disturb the funeral with photos or otherwise. The pictures spoke volumes anyway. Menschenentrauben, including the alpine legends Peter Habeler and Reinhold Messner, stood around the church Spalier – and proved Auer after the cemetery the last honor. A great, so the unanimous tenor, a great has preceded. A great mountaineer, a great man: “Pfiat di, Hansjörg.”

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