Friday Flick: Untouched Ground

Alpinist David Göttler‘s dream began at 7 years old, exploring the Alps with his father. As his family travelled to rugged and unconventional places such as Iceland and the Hoggar mountains of the African desert, his passion grew. As a member of the German Alpine Club he was a member of their first Expedition Team for youth athletes. Loving the mountains as he did, it was perhaps a natural step that after finishing high school he would  become a pro mountain guide. He now makes his living as a guide and a cameraman, and balances this with his own career as an outstanding alpinist.

From The North Face’s film series The Power in Me, check out “Untouched Ground”, the dramatic story of how Göttler has made the mountains the mission of his life.


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Having conquered the peaks of many 8000m mountains, Göttler has now turned his attention to finding new routes and challenges that have never been attempted.

His commitment and drive is living proof that exploration never ends. For Göttler, mountain climbing is “far more than a hobby. It’s my life, my passion, it’s always present. It both fulfils and challenges me like no other occupation. I love the elements: the ice, the wind, the snow. I love being exposed, being outdoors, being part of a great adventure. I value the friendship, the very nature and presence of which I experience on the mountain. In fully concentrating on every single move, in knowing which consequences even the smallest mistake might have, I discover a new challenge each time. Taking on this challenge means nothing less than – being alive.”

Göttler is planning an unclimbed route up Everest. Follow his expedition news here.


Gottler on Nanga Parbat, winter 2013. Photo courtesy
Gottler on Nanga Parbat, winter 2013. Photo courtesy