This well-known Austrian traveler is often called "Reinhold Messner of the Desert" because in October 2003 he was the first person in the world to cross the sandy heart of the Gobi desert on foot. The pioneer in the field of desert exploration has lived all his life on the edge, on an endless journey through extreme mental, psychic, and physical adventures in "the Himalayas of Sand".
Bruno dominates in action adventures and he can also talk engagingly about them. As a great narrator, he shares his experiences in his books and lectures. He is able to interweave personal experience with historical facts and his stories are full of tension and deep emotions and have earned him the recognition of a million readers and recognized film and literary critics. He has the heart of a boy, the character of an adventurer and the soul of a poet. Currently he belongs to the best writers of books about traveling.
This modern-day nomad has probably explored all the corners of the planet. Bruno has focused most of his attention on the Himalayas, Tibet, and the desert of Asia. In 1994, he led a team of fifteen men and thirty camels on his first expedition across the Desert Alashan in the heart of Gobi, known as the "Death Zone". The expedition was an official UNESCO research project and it had the media support of the German magazine Spiegel. His first attempt to pass the dead zone solo ended after 4 days, when he nearly died of dehydration.
He did not give up and his dream of a solo crossing of the desert became reality in 2003. He was the first person to cross the Gobi desert alone and on foot. In 15 days, he overcame 480 kilometers and carried all his water and supplies on his back. Baumann recorded the expedition using a small video camera attached to his backpack. This unique project was captured in the TV documentary Gobi Solo. Bruno's experiences from the desert are depicted in the book the Desert Hunter.
In Tibet he scaled the so-called sacred mountains (e.g. Kailash or Kha Karpo). As a first Western traveler, he reached the springs of four great rivers - the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutley, and Karnali that spring at the foot of Kailash Mountain and are considered to be sanctuaries.