Born on March 16, 1932 in Austria, Kurt is an accomplished Austrian mountaineer an author of several books and a high altitude film maker, he attended the university in Vienna, where he obtained two degrees (MBA 1955, M.Ed 1962).
In 2012 Kurt Diemberger received the 5th Piolets d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award for his very impressive career.
Currently Kurt is Honorary President of Mountain Wilderness International.
He was one of the Honorary Presidents of mountain Wilderness
Following his ascent of Everest Edmund Hillary devoted much of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts many schools and hospitals were built in this remote region of Nepal.
He used to hold the title of Honorary President of Mountain Wilderness during the early days of the association
Among his most celebrated feats are fist ascents of the Ogre in Karakoram, Pakistan, the Central Tower of Paine, Patagonia, the south face of Annapurna, Nepal, the Changabang and Shivling in Garhwal Himalaya, India, and four ascents to Mount Everest
Reinhold Messner is widely recognized as the greatest mountaineer of all times.
He became universally famous for making the first solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen in 1978. His unparalleled list of achievements was crowned by becoming in 1986 the first climber ever to ascend all fourteen “eight-thousanders” and also the first to complete the “seven summits” challenge.
He was instrumental in the founding of Mountain Wilderness, taking part in the conference that launched the organization in Courmayeur in 1986.