Luca Vuerich was born in December 1975 in Friuli, Northern Italy.
Luca Vuerich was born in December 1975 in Friuli, Northern Italy. As a true Sagittarius, he realised that he was not fit for a sedentary lifestyle, and soon took to the mountains. Together with an Olympus Mju and his father, an excellent mountaineer and photographer, Luca Vuerich spent his early childhood exploring the Julian Alps.
In 1993 he began climbing in earnest. Rather than concentrating on one activity in particular he chose to explore all its facets, from sport climbing to ice climbing, dry tooling to cold winter ascents. His objective was the Himalaya, the Karakorum, and since 1998 he has, albeit not officially, moved there. "I don't prefer one activity in particular. I enjoy listening and moving with the seasons."
"When I take photographs I let myself be guided by my instinct, without following set rules. My photographs are all spontaneous, they're not demanding. I enjoy taking photos even at 8000m, despite the fact that up there everything is a bit harder... It's because of this that I don't define myself as being a professional photographer: I cannot compare myself to someone who has studied photography for years and years. I've still got so much more to learn."
"Hold your breath and take a photograph... and mentally revisit the scene you've just shot. it's so simple and could seem difficult: it's catching the moment, carpe diem..."
-23/01/2010 Luca Vuerich killed by avalanche
On 26/01/2013 the Slovenians Dejan Koren and Boötjan Mikuû made the first ascent of Gladiator (205 m, IV, M7-, WI6, X, R) a difficult new icefall on Cima delle Cenge, Valle di Riofreddo (Tarvisio, Tridente area), Italy.
On 22 January 2010, 34 year old Italian mountaineer Luca Vuerich was killed by an avalanche while climbing an icefall at Prisojinik, close to Kranjska Gora on the Italian-Slovenian border. Vuerich was rescued and transported to hospital in Udine, where he died of his injuries.
On 13 and 14 March Luca Vuerich and Massimo Laurencig carried out the first winter ascent of the difficult Fessura Lomasti (400m, VI, pass. di VIII-) on the pre-summit of Cima Grande della Scala (Val Riofreddo, Julian Alps, Italy).
Luca Vuerich has carried out the first ski descent of the South Face of Jof di Montasio 2753m (Julian Alps).
On 16 February Massimo Laurencig and Gianni Dorigo carried out the first repeat of "Per Leila" (120m, III/6+), the elegant and daring icefall first ascended by Luca Vuerich in January at Cima Cenge (Val Riofreddo, Julian Alps).
On 17/01/2009 Luca Vuerich and Marco Milanese carried out the first ascent of 'Per Leila' (120m, III/6+) in Val Riofreddo (Cima delle Cenge, Julian Alps). 0n 9/01, Luca Vuerich, Eros Busetto and Michele Martina made the first ascents of Eros and The Prophet (Fusine, Mangart, Julian Alps).
Interview with Nives Meroi after the summit of Manaslu 8156 m (Himalaya, Nepal) reached at 10.00 am Nepalese time on 04/10 together with Romano Benet and Luca Vuerich.
The team comprised of the Italians Nives Meroi, Romano Benet, Luca Vuerich and the Kazakh mountaineers Denis Urubko, Serguey Samoilov, Eugeny Shutov and Gennady Durov has now reached Hillary Base Camp and all is set for their winter attempt of Makalu.
On 26 December Luca Vuerich and Michele Martina made the first ascent of "Kiss or Kill" 800m, M6 up the NF of Cima Castrein (2502m) in the Jof Fuart mountain range.
Christian Kuntner dies after being hit by an avalanche on Annapurna. Mario Panzeri, Mario Merelli, Daniele Bernasconi, Ed Viesturs from America and Veikka Gustafsson all reach the summit of Annapurna, while Romano Benet, Nives Meroi and Luca Vuerich have abandoned hopes of reaching the summit of Dhaulagiri.
The Dhaulagiri 2005 expedition comprised of Romano Benet, Nives Meroi and Luca Vuerich forced to descend due to a storm at 7000m. Ed Vierstus currently on Annapurna summit push.
On 30/03 Romano Benet, Nives Meroi, Luca Vuerich, Inaki Ochoa, Erri De Luca, Cesare Giuliani, Roberto Alloi, Mario Cedolin, Klemen Gricar, Christan Stangl, Peter Guggemos and Ivan Vallejo depart for Dhaulagiri., then Annapurna.
On 16/05 Nives Meroi, Romano Benet and Luca Vuerich summite Lhotse (8516m). Nives Meroi is now the most successful living female mountaineer.