Swiss Alpine Museum

At the Limit

Expeditioneering with Erhard Loretan
Opening 29 June 2024

The Freiburg alpinist Erhard Loretan (1959–2011) pushed boundaries and achieved what seemed impossible. He was the first Swiss climber to ascend all 14 eight-thousanders in the world. With minimal equipment and a high tempo, he tackled demanding routes in the Alps and the Himalayas. In doing so, he set new standards in mountaineering and influenced subsequent generations. Following his passing, the Loretan family gifted his estate to ALPS.

"At the Limit" allows us to experience the physical and mental challenges of mountain climbing and explores the limits and possibilities of our own endurance. The exhibition provides a first-time glimpse into the exceptional mountaineer's original diaries and film recordings. They demonstrate that success depends not only on extensive experience but also on great perseverance and the willingness to turn back when necessary. Join Loretan on an expedition and explore his most significant climbs at the interactive station.

Gruppen

Self-guided exhibition visit

Kurzeinführung

The exhibition was made possible thanks to a generous legacy from René and Alice Laube.

Loretan verbrachte viel Zeit Basislager, insbesondere für die lange
Phase der Akklimatisierung. Hier traf er auf andere Seilschaften –
manchmal auch zu einem geselligen Fondue. Doch oft war das Warten auf gute Bedingungen für den Gipfelaufstieg für Erhard Loretan zermürbend und seine Anspannung gross. Erhard Loretan vertrieb sich die Zeit mit Fotografieren, Kreuzworträtseln, Tagebuchschreiben und Musikhören. Hören Sie die Playlist mit Erhard Loretans ganz persönlichem Mixtape – ein Hauch Disco!

Loretan – Playlist

Medienecho

«Sein Paradies fand er auf einem namenlosen Gipfel»
Berner Kulturagenda

«Am Limit – das war Bergsteiger Erhard Loretan am Berg und privat»
SRF Regionaljournal Bern Freiburg Wallis

«Originale von Loretan zu bestaunen»
Die Alpen

«Was vom Leben eines Ausnahmebergteigers bleibt»