When they were still young Alexander Huber and his brother Thomas Huber were taken into the mountains by their father, Thomas Huber, himself a noted climber known for early fast ascents of now classic climbs. Together with his brother Thomas, he became interested in extreme alpine climbing.
Since 1992 Alexander Huber has been a state-certified mountain and skiing guide. He first studied physics, then became a full-time professional mountaineer in 1997 and is now one of the most successful climbers and mountaineers. While being an all-round climber, Alexander is most famous for his bold free ascents of big walls.
1996 First ascent of Open Air (5.15a/9a+), Schleierwasserfall / Austria, the most difficult sport route of its time. It was initially graded as 9a, but recently found its second ascent by Adam Ondra, who upgraded it to 9a+ trying to fit to the "new school" grading situation.
Alexander Huber, currently the best of all rock climbers, has free soloed the Zinnen-Direttissima, with only a chalk bag and rock shoes on his feet. 500 meters of absolute exposure, without protection and possibility of return, a brilliant deed, which can hardly be surpassed in elegance. With this, Huber shows that he isn't a gambler, but a great master. Safety always only comes from skill.