"THE MOUNTAIN DECIDES"
Leonie wrote these words and included them in one of her beautiful climbing pictures. The mountain made his decision at sundawn, on the third of August, 2017. Leonie and Simon were on their way to the summit of Piz Bernina, together with their climbing friend Stefan. Bound together in a roped party, they had already reached the crest, which is called Biancograt. This thin, snowcapped line is the last section on the way to the top. This was the point, the mountain let the three of them fall and thus, released them from this physical world forever.
Their families got the devastating news one day later, which would put them in shock and fundamentally change all of their lives. Even now, one year later, it still is hard to believe that they are never coming back. At the time of their alpine tour, Leonie and Simon had already packed their bags for a greater journey. Their plan was to travel around Europe and fully attend to the things they love: Exploring nature, meeting new people, climbing, and documenting all of this with lens, pen and paper. It was not their decision, that this journey went into a whole different course.
After the third of August, a lot of things happened. People came together, their families, Leonies and Simons friends, room and soul mates. Everyone mourning in their own way, but many supporting each other in this mutual loss. Bewildered, but yet deeply connected to the beloved ones.
A lot of things were discovered or re-discovered, a half built caravan, pictures, drawings, and many thoughts commited to paper. Many stories were told, and we were allowed to experience evermore facets of Leonies and Simons lives, which were unknown before.
The last pictures from their ascent to Piz Bernina will forever remain with the camera in the mountains. However, you can read the very last lines Leonie wrote down before the ascent, they are included in her own roadstori.es interview. This last interview completes her project.
Florestan Langer, Leonies oldest Brother
We are Simon and Leonie. We love to explore the world by rock climbing, mountaineering and skitouring.
We are a carpenter/photographer couple on the road to freedom and happiness.
We are living our heart out. We are exploring how it feels to live the life you really want, daring to do what you love the most - Living on the road, Climbing and Photography.
From Septermber 2017, starting from Lake Constance, we will travel fulltime in our mobile home, aka the van. We are happy to meet you on our way along the mountains and beaches of Europe.
THE ROADSTORIES PROJECT by Leonie - a photographic journey through encounters - becomes a book!
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Stepping out of your comfort zone feels scary. We will share our stories and experiences and of course, pictures from our journey to delight and inspire all the fellow people that are looking for freedom. Take a seat and welcome on board!