Dani has broken a number of barriers in Alpine mountaineering, using a variety of tools on the cliffs and ice. The mountain guide and native of the Swiss canton of Uri blazed up the north face of the Eiger in 2 hours and 28 minutes and mastered the “Crack Baby” icefall in just 27 minutes.
Dani succeeded in the first ascent of the 1500-meter (4921-foot) northeast face of the Moose’s Tooth in Alaska in April 2013. In Patagonia as well, he was able to ascend previously unconquerable, extremely exposed cliffs thanks to his fast dry-tooling method of climbing. His next major target is Latok 1 (7145 meters/23,442 feet) in Pakistan, where 35 expeditions have failed in the past 40 years. Dani Arnold intends to change this and be the first climber of this face to reach the summit.
He relies on a ZEISS DiaScope 85 T* FL with a ZEISS Vario D 20-75x eyepiece when exploring new faces and routes, as the light intensity and the large zoom range enable him to recognize important details of a route in advance. In his work as a mountain guide, Dani uses the ZEISS VICTORY HT binoculars to provide his guests with an even more detailed, close-up view of the surrounding mountain environment.