Sometimes I wish I started climbing when I was a kid, but who knows, maybe I wouldn't have liked it much if I did. What I know for sure is that I alway wanted to be an athlete. Not a competative athlete, who is under pressure most of the time and has to train for certain competitions. I wanted the freedom and joy of doing what I love full time. Climbing has given me all I’ve wanted and it has totally caught my heart.
I discovered climbing when I was 21 years old. I started outdoors and even though I was really weak, I could climb quite well from the very beginning. Thanks to climbing being such complex sport I could have gotten pretty far without any specific training. What I always loved about climbing is it’s very intense demand on focus and body awareness which forces us to live here-and-now. This is what makes me feel alive. I really value efficiency, not only in climbing but also in everyday life, and I like the challenge of doing everything as efficient as possible.
I do all types of climbing from limestone sport climbing to big-walls, sandstone boulders to granite walls in the Alps, cracks to tufas, and from slabs to overhangs. Literally everything one would call rock climbing. For me the most inspiring of all that are big-walls and impressive looking lines, like crack systems, corners, aretes or lines of tufas. I feel very lucky and priviledged to have tried it all.
The most amazing thing for me, is to be lying on portaledge in my sleeping-bag hundreds of meters above the ground watching stars and thinking about the climbing that is waiting for me on the next day.