There is only one person you will have to bear for the rest of your life: yourself. That's why being alone is so difficult - even in the mountains. And not just because of safety. Being alone strips you naked, it makes you understand who you are, what you have
to bring to the table and the things that matter in life. Probably no one has explored solo climbing quite like Hansjörg Auer, whose memorable feat
on the "fish route" has forever marked the history of this very peculiar kind of mountaineering.
"The hardest thing to do when you're doing free solo
is not the ascent. It is to go back home."
Why? Because when loneliness strips you naked you understand the importance of the relationships you build with people around you.
“No turning back” is an introspective, delicate film. It shows there isn't just vertical life;
there is not just courage and performance. There is an all-round discovery of what makes a life worth living.
Austrian Alpinist Hansjörg Auer embraced sport climbing, multi-pitch climbing, alpinism, and "trad" crack climbing from an early age.
His accomplishments include a stunning 37-pitch slab on the Marmolada South Face in the Italian Dolomites, the first ascent of “Waiting for Godot” in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine, as well as the ascent of Kunyang Chhish East (7400m) in the Karakorum Mountains.