Well-known for his non-fiction works The Light Spider and Seven Years in Tibet, this Austrian writer and adventurer can be remembered to be a member from the initial climbing team that ascended the 13,000-foot Eiger peak of Switzerland’s Bernese Alps. He went to Karl-Franzens School in Graz, Austria, concentrating his college research on athletics and geography. He was selected as an associate from the 1935 Austrian Olympic winter sports group, but was struggling to compete because Austria boycotted that year’s Olympic Video games. His three short marriages had been to Charlotte Wegener, Margarethe Truxa, and Katharina Haarhaus. He was briefly the son-in-law of German geophysicist and continental drift theorist Alfred Wegener.