“Freedom makes dreams visible.”

Stephan Keck



Always aiming high despite keeping both feet firmly on the ground: Stephan Keck, born in Schwaz in Tyrol 1973, is an extreme mountaineer, expedition manager, mountain guide, entrepreneur, photographer and, despite all his adventures, also the caring father of three children and a real family man. Ever since he was a child he has always felt comfortable in extreme environments. Whether on eight-thousanders in the Himalayas, balloon-skiing in his local Alps or going on a six-month African road trip with the entire family in a converted truck. He’s experienced temperatures ranging from minus 48 to plus 47 degrees Celsius and was above the magical eight-thousand-meter limit nine times – always by fair means.



1) Who is your favorite climbing partner and why?
There are many over all these years, i cannot reduce that to one…
2) Which is the first La Sportiva shoes/boot you used?
Nepal Top, this shoe has accompanied me for 4 years on the highest mountains in South America and then as a mountain guide worldwide. I went with this shoe everywhere and also made the mountain guide with it.
3) What is your favorite climbing/mountaineering book?
There is none, I prefer to go outside.
4) What is the mountain you would like to see at least one time in your life?
I've seen and climbed many mountains, but the Mt. Cook in New Zealand is pretty high on my travel wish list.
5) Do you support cultural or charity projects?
Yes, in 2009 we founded a relief organization after my expeditions around the world. With this charity named Step 0.1  we helped the people especially after the big earthquake in Nepal and now we use it to finance the construction of schools and hospitals in Nepal and Pakistan. I have always received a lot from the people in these countries and would like to give something back.
6) What's in the air?

- Climbing Carstensz-Pyramid
- Climbing Mount Vinson


  • 1998 Ski descent Artesonraju, Peru
  • 2001 Climbing Salathé Wall at West Face, El Capitan, Yosemite
  • 2007 Africa, 6 month off road trip from Austria to Uganda with the family and a 60 year old truck, in each visited country the highest mountain climbed
  • 2009 McKinley Traverse and Skiing down the Muldrow Glacier
  • 2018 European 7 Summits Nonstop, 13 days, with bike