About Martin Gutmann

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Gutmann rapping off a formation in Vedauwoo, WY. Photo courtesy of Martin Gutmann.

Gutmann rapping off a formation in Vedauwoo, WY. Photo courtesy of Martin Gutmann.

Gutmann climbing in the Swiss Alps. Photo courtesy of Martin Gutmann.

Gutmann climbing in the Swiss Alps. Photo courtesy of Martin Gutmann.

Gutmann dragging a sled in Sweden/Norway. Photo courtesy of Martin Gutmann.

Gutmann dragging a sled in Sweden/Norway. Photo courtesy of Martin Gutmann.

Perpetual Student, Climber, Historian, Writer

The greatest thing about being a graduate student is having complete freedom to decide when to do the 18 hours of work you have each day. I forget who said that, but I think it pretty much sums up my life. I’ve got a lot going on but no set schedules and no one to report to. My dissertation is always there, weighing on my mind like a number five cam on the back gear loop. I spend most of my time holed up in a dark, Marxist-infested Ithaca coffee shop or chasing those elusive dissertation sources in Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bern and the library. Occasionally I climb as well.

What was my life like back when I had a life, you ask? Well, I was born in Sweden, grew up there and in Switzerland, moved to the US when I started high school, went to college in Colorado (with a year off to complete my obligatory Swiss military service), moved back to Switzerland to teach high school history in a small mountain town, fell in love with a French Canadian who was hell bent on going to grad school on the East Coast…the rest is history.

Well, with that I will launch into my latest dissertation-procrastination activity…blogging for Climbing. Enjoy!

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