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It is rare that the extreme climber Stefan Glowacz, who lives on Lake Starnberg, simply looks ahead. He prefers to look up, because he aims high, mostly in remote, sometimes unexplored regions

Where were you last?

Stefan Glowacz: In Patagonia, on Fitz Roy, as so often. Every time I hope for good weather, so far in vain.

Your first trip without parents?

Dolomites with friends in a rickety VW bus. We have been silent about the events from the Brenner Pass since then.

Your most embarrassing travel memory?

At Mount Poi in Kenya, I asked a development worker when her child would be born. My subsequent stammering made it worse.

The most beautiful view?

From a bivouac in the middle of the wall of a tepui (table mountain) in Venezuela. The scenery changes every minute. Lightning, thunder, torrential rain and suddenly sunshine again.

Which building is your eighth wonder of the world?

An expedition tent. It is unbelievable how thin fabric gives you a feeling of security while outside the world is ending.

Your favorite metropolis? Paris with my wife.

Your best souvenir?

Samburus hunting spears in Kenya. I sent them by air freight, but they never arrived in Germany.

Where do you manage to experience as much as possible with as little money as possible?

On the inland ice in Patagonia. There are no shops or bars, but there are incredible storms almost every day.

Your favorite beach?

Cala Barques in Mallorca. Wonderful water, and the bay is surrounded by brilliant rocks for climbing.

Which behavior of travelers are you particularly embarrassed about?

Arrogance.

Snake, spider, tiger - which animal do you fear most?

Snakes, spiders, I'm afraid of all poisonous animals, which you usually only see when it's already too late. I fear tigers too, of course, but death would be somehow more heroic.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling?

The Inuit Paul. He is a great hunter in Pond Inlet on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. You want to be with him when you meet an angry polar bear.

A magical place?

A gravel bar on the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Where are you never going again?

I haven't been there yet, but I'm excited.

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