Gerhard Baur, born in 1947, grew up in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. He lives in Sulzberg, Allgäu. Having trained as a fitter, he ventured into film as a cameraman, director and producer.
Baur is an excellent mountain climber, with various first ascents to his name. Gerhard Baur's over seventy documentaries are fascinating glimpses of the thin divide between triumph and tragedy in mountain climbing. They have caught the imagination of climbers and non-climbers alike.
Baur made his first independent climbing documentary in 1968. «Kanchendzönga» (1975) documented his ascent to the world's third-highest peak, and was awarded the Grand Prix at the Trento Film Festival. Other documentaries, such as «Der Weg ist das Ziel» (1986), on the 1936 Eiger tragedy, and «Nanga Parbat» (2005), also won him prestigious awards.
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