Peter Ortner (Austria) – rock climber – Presentation day of BanskoFilmFest`2016 – 26 November, Big Hall, Culture center “Nikola Vapcarov”, Bansko.
Peter Ortner grew up on a farm in Eastern Tyrol where he discovered his love for the mountains as a herder in the high alpine hills. Born in Lienz in 1983, he went on to become a mountain guide. On the first attempt on Cerro Torre he was hired to help guide the camera crew and, by the second expedition, had become David’s climbing partner. Peter distinguishes himself on ice but is also a proficient well-rounded rock climber. n 2013, David and climbing partner Peter Ortner were honored with a ‘special mention’ at the Piolet d’Or awards in Chamonix, in recognition of their first free ascent of Cerro Torre. The stunning story of their climb was immortalised on film in 2013, and in 2015 was broadcast worldwide and made available for download.