High-altitude scientist and adventurer
Born in 1965, Thomas lives with his wife and five children in a wooden house he built himself, close to the Alps. He took up mountaineering as part of his research into high-altitude physiology, beginning at the University of Innsbruck.
In pursuing his studies, Thomas has become an experienced expedition leader with summits of Cho Oyu, Shishapangma and Mt. Everest. He has also stood atop such peaks as Manaslu, Island Peak (14 times), Gasherbrum II, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Huayna Potosí (six times), Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro (20 times) and Mt. McKinley (six times).
Along the way, Thomas has taught mountaineering and medical procedures in Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, Kenya and Tanzania.
His current project is to conquer four 8,000m peaks within four months: by skiing down Shishapangma (8013m); climbing Mt. Everest (8048m) alone, without additional oxygen and carrying his own equipment; skiing down Gasherbrum II (8035m); and climbing Hidden Peak (8068m) alpine style.
Favourite Sherpa Gear: Lakpa Rita Jacket