Climbing all 82 4000m peaks in the Alps – 1 season – ‘zero’ CO2

Inspiring climbers and other people, by giving a huge example aimed at sustainability and climate change.

I made it! 12-8-2022

On 12 August at 10.10 AM I stood on the Barre des Ecrins, the last 4000m mountain of my project. I climbed all 4000m peaks in the Alps, on own power;  And I set an example, that we can do big things against climate change, if we want to!

All 82x 4000 meter mountains of the Alps – 78 days – all on own power!

1e Dutch person – 4e climber ever to succeed

The Alps are dealing with big environmental problems: glaciers are melting, seasons changing, droughts and floods alternate. We have to do something…WE! But we don’t…me neither. I am stuck in my old rhythm in which I quickly take the car because it is better for me…

And do we always have to go far for a “great” adventure and with that create more environmental pressure? Do we go far so we can convince other people how good we are, to be the first, the best or the fastest on a mountain, or for the likes on FaceBook???

Why can we not inspire other climbers and non-mountaineers, by setting an example, close to home: showing them that things can be done different for the environment.

This summer I will try to climb all the 4000m peaks of the Alps. I will use my bike to move between the mountains and I will not use any lifts. I want to be an example for others, how things can be done different, how WE can do small things to change.


UN (United Nations):  International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development, 2022

The plan

The plan is to start around 25th of May 2022, depending on the weather. I will start in the Bernina, with Piz Bernina as the first 4000m peak. After that I will follow the following schedule:

  • Bernina
  • Bernese Oberland
  • Wallis
  • Chamonix Mont Blanc
  • Gran Paradiso
  • Ecrins

The project will, if all goes well, end in the Ecrins, close to Briancon.

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer

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