Raphaela Haug

Raphaela is an alpinist and aspirant Mountain Guide from the south of Germany.  

I grew up in the south of Germany, surrounded by mountains. Although I was always in the mountains with my family, I didn't start climbing until I was 19, and then later mountaineering. Now, after 26 years, mountaineering is still the thing that fascinates me the most. Long, demanding routes. Wide approaches, lonely areas. There was a time when I was exclusively mountaineering - in the meantime I also enjoy sport climbing now and then. Still, when I think back, it's tours like the Peuterey Integral or climbing Cerro Torre or Fitz Roy in Patagonia that I remember best. Looking back to incredible expeditions to India or Canada. But then, with the Alps just out of my door I have a huge playground I’m very gratful for. Climbing challenging routes with good friends, having an unforgettable time in the mountains. That's what drives me and what I want to do in the future. Travelling in the mountains of this world. Exploring lonely, wild areas. Climbing beautiful lines.

Five routes that mean the most:

Peuterey Integral, Mont Blanc

This was my first big route! Wow! What a line up Mont Blanc and what a great experience we had.

Cerro Torre, Patagonia

Nothing to add. This mountain is just fascinating. Its a wild climb, surrounded by ice, rime and snow.

Stockhorn-Bietschhorn-Traverse, Switzerland

This is a lonely traverse in Switzerland. Nothing known, nothing famous. Therefore it's rare to meet any people on it. Just how I like it.

Mont Blanc in a day

Doing Mont Blanc in a day was something I dreamed of since I started mountaineering. Last year I did it, and to top it we could take of from the summit with our paragliders. Getting back in Chamonix at 9.30, just in time for coffee.

3 Ridges on the Salbit

The westridge on the Salbit is quite famous and made up for a long day. Furthermore there is the south- and eastridge. We had a fantastic climbing day by linking all three of them.

Five essential bits of kit:

  1. 1. Kryos Women's Jacket

    OK, I’m sponsored by Mountain Equipment so obviously I say the kit is good….But this Kryos Jacket is just incredible. Finally a down jacket that is waterproof, super light and super stylish. I love it! And it's available in purple! Awesome!!

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  3. 2. Earthrise Hooded Women'sJacket
    Everyone is talking about climate change, all the better that ME made a 100% recycled down jacket.
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  5. 3. Citadel Mitt Gloves
    When ever I go out in the cold I take the Citadel Gloves. My tip: Just take the upper glove and take it with you.
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  7. 4. Wound glue

    It's a clue for wounds. Super easy to use, light and more than practical. It always features in my first-aid kit.

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5. Headphones

Best for long approaches/descends. When it's getting long, just put music on. I can also recommend it for bivouac nights without sleep.

The Latest from Raphaela

Raphaela shares stories from three classic routes up, and one unorthodox way down, The Alps' highest peak.

 

 

 

Do you know the feeling? You commit to something, you're fully motivated... but still not sure if it's a good idea. That's how I felt when we arrived at the parking lot in Les Houches in the Chamonix valley.

 

Patagonia... The region on the southern tip of South America is known for its volatile, windy weather. Renowned for climbers coming back again and again and not being able to climb anything...

Raphaela shares stories from three classic routes up, and one unorthodox way down, The Alps' highest peak.

 

 

 

Do you know the feeling? You commit to something, you're fully motivated... but still not sure if it's a good idea. That's how I felt when we arrived at the parking lot in Les Houches in the Chamonix valley.

 

Patagonia... The region on the southern tip of South America is known for its volatile, windy weather. Renowned for climbers coming back again and again and not being able to climb anything...

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