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Kurt Albert
Kurt Albert, born in Germany in 1954, was a teacher in mathematics and physics when, in 1984, he decided to devote his life to mountaineering. He started climbing in his native Frankenjura at the age of 14.  In the early 1970s he developed the Red-Point idea to mark clean climbs, using artificial aid for protection only. Kurt Albert, by reducing climbing to its essence, became a pioneer of modern climbing. He has practiced this style on numerous bold first ascents world-wide, from the Karakorum to Venzuela, Patagonia, Madagascar, Greenland, in Antarctica and elsewhere. In hostile remote environments, he relies on natural transport on foot, by kayak or sailing boat. The living legend Kurt Albert is also a gifted photographer, speaker and actor in mountain films. He died on 28 September 2010, two days after a fall from the Via ferrata Höhenglück in the Frankenjura.

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