We are Simon and Leonie. We both love to be outside and live simply and close to nature. Our home is an old VW T4 and travelling full-time is just the next logical step after several years of weekend-expeditions while working/studying during the weekdays.
*1993 ~ 03.08.2017// Simon was a carpenter and experienced mountaineer by heart. He grew up climbing in the Frankenjura and quit competitive climbing to focus on what he really loves - being in the mountains, no matter what season there might be.
*1994 ~ 03.08.2017// Leonie is a photographer, who loves authentic pictures with a story behind them. Besides holding a B.A. of Fine Arts and being a Tellington-horsetrainer, Leonie has been awarded with the DIE-award for young artists.
„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
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