Werner Kopacka

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Werner Kopacka (born July 9, 1950 in Großlobming ; † January 3, 2015 in Graz ) was an Austrian journalist and author .


Werner Kopacka spent a year as an AFS exchange student in California. He started in Graz an interpreter study for English and Spanish, which he, however, did not finish. He then worked as a journalist for decades, specializing primarily in adventure and travel. After initially working as a journalist for Die Neue Zeit , he joined the editorial team of the Kronen Zeitung in 1976 , to which he was a member for over 38 years until his death in early 2015.

He has accompanied two Himalayan expeditions: 1974 as a reporter for the Austrian Dhaulagiri IV expedition; 1978 as a journalist accompanying the Himalaya Expedition, during which Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler were the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest without additional oxygen. He has also crossed the Atlantic in a sailing boat and traveled to more than 60 countries around the world. Werner Kopacka was married to Ramani and had four children. Arnold Schwarzenegger , about whom he published a biography, was one of his friends .

In addition to his job as a journalist, he wrote adventure and crime novels. His novel Der Wald was filmed in 1997 by Hartmut Griesmayr with August Zirner in the leading role.

Werner Kopacka died on the night of January 3rd to 4th, 2015; Nothing was disclosed about the cause of death at this time.


  • Summit victory on Everest (1978)
  • The Bush Pilot (1980)
  • The forest (1992)
  • The Trail of the Tiger (1993)
  • The Snow Palace (1994)
  • The Settlers (1996)
  • In the Valley of the Yeti (1997)
  • Everest (1998)
  • Imperial gold (2000)
  • Renate Götschl - The secret of success of the speed queen from Styria (2000)
  • Secret Uncovered Toplitzsee (2001)
  • Rack - The Africa Connection (2002)
  • The desert (2003)
  • Arnold up close (2003)
  • Zuadraht (2006)
  • The Ursteirer (2011)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Obituary on pax-requiem.at , accessed on January 9, 2015
  2. Deep mourning for Werner Kopacka. Kronenzeitung , January 4, 2015, archived from the original on January 20, 2015 .;