Ulli & Peter
Ulli Steiner and Peter Albert are German skiers and climbers who are devoted to helping others to achieve their alpine goals. Ulli and Peter founded the exclusive alpine school, steile:welt, 10 years ago in their hometown of Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, and travel with their clients to explore mountain ranges across the world. Both live and breathe mountain life and can always be found skiing or climbing, looking for new adventures.
How did you first get into climbing?
Ulli: As a baby I was carried around in the mountains on my father’s back. As soon as I could walk we started climbing together.
Peter: As a child climbing trees. By 11 years old my parents allowed me to join a climbing course driven by the German alpine club. We were a group of 10 mad climbing youngsters and two mountain guides.
If you had to give one piece of advice to someone starting to climb, what would it be?
Ulli: Never give up – but also never ever fall down.
Peter: Find a couple of amusing, committed and good friends who also like to climb every day, every minute, every second of their life.
What is the most challenging or rewarding climb you have achieved?
Ulli: Matterhorn Northface (Schmidt Route). We didn´t sleep one minute the night before the climb due to heavy winds which tried to destroy our tent. In combination with our very poor acclimatisation the climb took way longer than expected. By midnight we were finally standing on the summit – enjoying the nocturnal views in Zermatt on one side and Cervinia on the other side. And believe me, the descent to Zermatt can take some time.
Peter: Projects with about a 50:50 chance to succeed or to fail. If you are focused you may achieve your goal or you may not. I remember myself lying on an icy ledge. It was one day before my partner and friend Ben, who is meteorologist, figured out that there will be one of these famous weather windows. At four o’ clock in the evening we had to stop climbing because of the strong wind. We were lying there in our bivi bags huddled close to each other like sheep. The whole route lay below us without any fixed material. Rappelling? Better not! So throughout the night I lay wondering if the GFS-data was really trustworthy. Next day we sat on top of Fitz Roy. We were lucky.
What are your aspirations for 2018?
Ulli: Climbing harder than ever before when the ski touring season is finally over. Four years ago, my friend Peter bolted me a birthday line next to my home. This year my dream is to free climb this. It seems to be harder than 7c. So maybe I will climb my first 8a!
Peter: Getting married! Marriage has all hallmarks of a climbing adventure. There are peaks and descents, it is spontaneous, wild and you miss them after a short while of being away.
Ulli & Peter’s Osprey
The Variant is perfect for mountain life and has always supported the rigours of carrying our equipment. During our work as mountain guides, the Variant has always been a perfect companion all year round. We never leave base without it!VIEW THE VARIANT SERIES
- 2010 – Grande Cima di Lovaredo Northface – Hasse Brandler (Ulli/Peter)
- 2012 – Melkyr Shan 5998m (Sichuan China) First ascent with the DAV Expedition Team (Ulli)
- 2014 – Matterhorn Northface Schmid Route (Ulli/Peter)
- 2016 – Fitz Roy (Patagonia) Carlifornia Route (Peter)
- 2017 – Hochemporweg 7b 500m Wetterstein – First ascent (Peter)