Bernd Arnold is a living legend, known for his first ascents in Saxony and his preference for barefoot free-soloing. Bernd is a peer of Wolfgang Gullich, Kurt Albert and Dietrich Hasse. With Kurt Albert, he climbed Trango Tower and nearly lost his life when he fell into a crevasse, but miraculously survived. He was also part of the first ascent of “Riders on the Storm” (VII 7c A2), on the Central Tower, East Face, of the Torres del Paine. Point is, he’s a badass who is still climbing, and still practicing his art of free soloing barefoot.
This new short from Rainier Films is both interesting and captures the personality behind one of the climbing world’s greatest living legends. Check it out.