I’m too stupid to work but too intelligent to be a mountain guide, so the only thing left is to study for my PhD. The fact that I’ve come to Davos, Switzerland to do it is naturally a coincidence, but it has the lovely side effect of me being able to spend roughly the same amount of time with boards under my feet or air under my behind as I do in front of a computer screen (please don't tell my supervisor).
Julian Resch about Moritz Oberrauch
I met Moritz by chance when we were out ice climbing the same frozen waterfall, and then we happened to bump into each other again 2 days later in Innsbruck city center. The foundations had been laid and since then we’ve been traveling together in a style we’ve perfected over the years: disaster style! I don’t know anyone else who’s as much of a perfectionist and who simultaneously gives so few fucks. I remember our first ski tours together. Back then, he wore 120mm freeride skis, heavy boots, a proper helmet. Whereas I was on 88mm lightweight skis, with light boots and a climbing helmet. With the words: “you can’t ski in that.” Today, Moritz is on 64mm racing skis, in a tight racing suit and with a soft flask holder on his backpack. Since then he’s moved to the holy land, to Switzerland, and is pursuing his profession in glaciology, etc. so he can top it off with a doctorate!
Over the years, “hard and heavy” has successfully become “fast, light and cheap”, even if his salary has improved since then. But he still says: “sorry, I’m poor!”
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunset, I’m far too lazy to get up for the sunrise.
Your nickname? What do your friends/family call you?
Mo, Potter, Orschritz
Are you driven by your head or your heart?
A direct quote from David Lama: “Hear amol au, mit deine scheiß Gefühle” [don’t bug me with your frickin’ feelings].
What is your essential pizza topping?
Crudo, rucola, scaglie di grana, Tagiassca olives, pomodorini
What languages do you speak?
South Tyrolean (German), Italian, English