About me

The Highest

Peaks, Poles & Paragraphs

From now on it's all uphill

My Highest

Germany extreme


To the springs!

602 border markers

Four ridges - One Summit

Own state or no man's land?

Wall and Ditch

Path to Palatinate

Mountains of the

What's next?

Key words




Wolfgang Schaub

Who I am

  • Born: 1944 in Heidelberg/Germany
  • Chemist by profession, then lost in administration, finally after being liberated in 2000 as a pensioner
  • Mountaineer since 1952
  • High altitude mountaineer until 2000:

             Dufourspitze of Monte Rosa, solo, 1967 — 4634m

              Montblanc in second attempt, 1970 — 4808m
              Matterhorn 1970 — 4478m

              Popocatépetl solo, April 1974 — 5452m

              Citlaltépetl (Pico de Orizaba) solo, April 1978 — 5636m

              Cotopaxi 1979 — highest volcano of the Earth, 5897m

              Ixtaccíhuatl 1980 solo, in third attempt — 5230m

              Chimborazo, 16 October 1980 — highest of the Earth as measured from its centre, 6263m

              Fuji-san 1978 and 1989 — 3776m

              Ararat 1990 — highest mountain of the Bible, 5137m

              Kilimanjaro 1991 — highest mountain of Africa, 5895m

              Kazbek, 1993 — 5054m
              Elbrus, in second attempt 1993 — highest mountain of Europe, 5230m

              Parikrama around holy Mt Kailash 1994

              Aconcagua, successful in the third attempt, solo, 16 January 1997,
                                 100 years after its first ascent — highest mountain outside of Asia, 6952m

              Failed attempt on Pik Lenin 1999

               Thabana Ntlenyana, 2011 — highest in Southern Africa, 3482m

  • 2000 - 2011: Searching for the Highest
  • 7th June 2009: The first ever to have climbed every highpoint of all 49 European states:
  • From about 2010 onwards: Active in matters of springs, Germany's extreme points, peculiarities of Germany's border and foundation of a state of my own
  • From 2016 onwards: Active in matters of borderlines and frontiers

Where to find me

Luisenstrasse 13
D-65779 Kelkheim/Taunus

Germany  (unless I am travelling)


Tel. +49 (0)6195 - 64298

E-mail: vide Impressum


How I look like

On the summit of Cheviot, Northumberland, May 2006

Summer 2005, on the retreat from Mt’a Shani in the Georgian Caucasus, with my trousers ragged

What I sing, alone on lonely hills

Farewell to the mountains high cover'd with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farwell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer
Chasing the wild deer, and following the roe;
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Robert Burns – 1759 – 1796

My greatest victory in life: the assault on Rockall

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