Reinhard Karl was the first German to scale Mount Everest. He also broke through the grade 6 climbing limit and broke new ground in mountain photography and alpine literature. He dropped out and scrambled up, he could and wanted to do so much more than repair cars. In climbing and mountaineering he discovered a vehicle within which and through which he could further evolve. He completed the long search for himself at the summit of Mount Fitz Roy, a mere few months before his death. In 2021 he would celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday.