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Thomas Huber (born 18 November 1966 in Palling, Bavaria) is a German climber and mountaineer. He lives in Berchtesgaden with his family. His brother and climbing partner is Alexander Huber and the two are called "Huberbuam" (Huberboys) in Bavarian dialect. They were the subject of the 2007 film To the Limit.
Early life and education
His father was a climber known for early speed ascents of now classic climbs. He took him and his brother Alexander, into the mountains. He has been climbing since he was 10 years old. In early April 1980, at 13 years of age, his father took them to climb their first 4000m peak, the Allalinhorn. In 1982, he climbed the Rebitsch Crack 5.10/A0 on the Fleischbankpfeiler in the Wilder Kaiser with the youth climbing team.
In 1983, he and his brother spent their first climbing vacation without their father. They started at the little village of Ellmau, and spent a week at the Gaudeamushütte in the Wilder Kaiser to pursue routes on the east face of Karlspitze or the Bauernpredigtstuhl. Towards the end of the holidays, they went for their first ascent, starting out at the Reiter Alpe for the Wagendrischelhorn south face. Their route was named Rauhnachtstanz, 5.10.
In July 2016, Huber had a sixteen meter free fall while being filmed at a wall on the Brendlberg in the vicinity of Berchtesgaden and suffered a skull fracture; In August 2016 he was able to go on the next expedition.
Huber lives in Berchtesgaden with his wife and three children. In 2011, he was diagnosed with a kidney tumor, which was removed and turned out to be benign. For 2 months afterwards he felt weakened.
- 1994 First redpoint ascent of "The end of Silence" (5.13d/X+/8b+), one of the hardest multi-pitch climbing routes in the world at that time
- 1996 Free ascent of the route "Salathé Wall" on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley; Winter solo ascent of the Eiger north face
- 1997 First ascent of the route "Tsering Mosong" (VII+,A3+) on Latok II, 7108m, Pakistan.
- 1998 First ascent of "El Niño" on El Capitan, and "Free Rider", first male free ascent of an El Capitan route in one day with Alexander Huber
- 1999 Second ascent of the south west wall of Latok IV (6445m), Pakistan.
- 2000 First ascent of the direct north pillar of the Shivling (6543m) with Iwan Wolf and winner of the Piolet d'Or
- 2001 First ascent of Baintha Brakk III (6800m), second ascent of Baintha Brakk I (7285m), Pakistan.
- 2003 First free ascent of "Zodiac" (5.13d/X+/8b+) on El Capitan with Alexander Huber
- 2004 Speed record on El Capitan, "Zodiac", in 1:52h
- 2007 Speed record on El Capitan, "The Nose", in 2:45,45h
- 2008 First ascent of the west wall of Holtanna in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, together with brother Alexander and Stephan Siegrist
- 2008 Ascent of Ulvetanna in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, together with brother Alexander and Stephan Siegrist
- 2009 First free ascent with Alexander of Eternal Flame, (5.13a), on Trango ("Nameless") Tower (6,239 m), Pakistan.
- Alexander Huber and Thomas Huber: The Wall. BLV, 2000, ISBN 3-405-15685-8
- Thomas Huber: Ogre - Gipfel der Träume, BLV, 2002, ISBN 3-405-16374-9
- Our Milestones Thomas and Alexander Huber. retrieved 20 Nov 2017
- "Thomas Huber". Mammut/Gore-Tex European Outdoor Film Tour. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- "Thomas Huber Filmography". Fandango. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
- Keogh, Tom (August 22, 2008). ""To the Limit": Extreme climbing — and sibling rivalry". The Seattle Times.
- "Thomas Huber: "Danke, dass ich leben darf!" – Interview". Abenteuer Sport. DW.com. 2016-07-19.
- "Thomas Huber: "Ich fahre mit lachendem Herzen"". Abenteuer Sport. DW.com. 2016-08-13.
- So gewann ich den Kampf gegen den Nierentumor, tz, 21 July 2011, retrieved 20 November 2017.
- Thomas Huber Biography www.bergfieber.de, n.d. (In German)
- "Endstation Eiszeit". huberbuam.de. Archived from the original on 2013-08-03.
- Interview: Bei minus 46 Grad in der Wand, Alexander und Thomas Huber, Ostfriesische Nachrichten, 24 January 2009, p 28.
- Extremklettern – Die „Huberbuam“ in der Antarktis Spiegel Online Video, 19 March 2009.