Thomas Huber

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Thomas Huber
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Personal information
Born (1966-11-18) 18 November 1966 (age 56)
Palling, Bavaria, West Germany
RelativesAlexander Huber (brother)
Climbing career
Type of climber
Highest grade
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Updated on 15 December 2022.

Thomas Huber (born 18 November 1966) is a German climber and mountaineer. He lives in Berchtesgaden with his family. His brother and regular climbing partner is Alexander Huber, and the two are called "Huberbuam" (Huberboys) in the Bavarian dialect; they were the subject of the 2007 film To the Limit. In 2001, Huber won the 10th Piolet d'Or award with Iwan Wolf for their ascent of the direct north pillar of Shivling.

Early life and education[edit]

Thomas Huber was born 18 November 1966, in Palling, Bavaria as the first child of Thomas and Maria Huber.[1]

His father was a climber known for early speed ascents of now classic climbs. He took him and his brother Alexander Huber, 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.[1] In 1982, he climbed the Rebitsch Crack 5.10/A0 on the Fleischbankpfeiler in the Wilder Kaiser with the youth climbing team.[1]

In 1983, he and his brother spent their first climbing vacation without their father.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]


Since 1992 Huber has been a state-certified mountain and skiing guide. He is most famous for climbing big walls in the Himalaya.[2]

The 2007 documentary To the Limit shows him and his brother speed climbing.[3][4]

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;[5] In August 2016 he was able to go on the next expedition.[6]

Personal life[edit]

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 two months afterwards he felt weakened.[7]

Notable achievements[edit]


  • 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


  1. ^ a b c d e f Our Milestones Thomas and Alexander Huber. retrieved 20 November 2017
  2. ^ "Thomas Huber". Mammut/Gore-Tex European Outdoor Film Tour. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Thomas Huber Filmography". Fandango. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  4. ^ Keogh, Tom (22 August 2008). ""To the Limit": Extreme climbing — and sibling rivalry". The Seattle Times.
  5. ^ "Thomas Huber: "Danke, dass ich leben darf!" – Interview". Abenteuer Sport. 19 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Thomas Huber: "Ich fahre mit lachendem Herzen"". Abenteuer Sport. 13 August 2016.
  7. ^ So gewann ich den Kampf gegen den Nierentumor, tz, 21 July 2011, retrieved 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Thomas Huber Biography, n.d. (In German)
  9. ^ a b "Endstation Eiszeit". Archived from the original on 3 August 2013.
  10. ^ a b Interview: Bei minus 46 Grad in der Wand, Alexander und Thomas Huber, Ostfriesische Nachrichten, 24 January 2009, p 28.
  11. ^ Extremklettern – Die „Huberbuam“ in der Antarktis Spiegel Online Video, 19 March 2009.

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