|Birthday:||January 27th, 1986|
|Place of residence:||Tarrenz|
|Arm length:||158 cm|
|With EDELRID since:||2007|
|Sponsors:||EDELRID, Imst Tourismus, La Sportiva, Red Bull|
I started climbing at the age of eleven. I've been fascinated by it ever since. The huge variety of different movements, areas and routes constantly provides me with new puzzles and challenges.
When I started climbing, I was fascinated by many of the climbing pioneers, for example Wolfgang Güllich, Lynn Hill and François Legrand.
I might well be a role model for certain people. But what's more important to me is that my story gets told and above all, that younger climbers are encouraged by it.
My motto is "carpe diem!" I want to live in the here and now. I'm not interested in long-term plans. Life is short and requires me to react in a flexible manner.
Injuring my shoulder back in 2008, which took me six months before I could climb again. It was a hard struggle to make it back to climbing at an international level. Pure willpower and support from family and friends made all the difference.
When I became World Champion for the third time in Arco in 2011. The final route had a big dyno, which I managed to find a creative alternative to – using my legs first. It was an incredible moment that remains with me to this day.
As a competition climber, I used to follow a training plan. These days, I listen to my body and soul and train according to how I feel.
My basic principle is: mix it up. This applies to both choice of routes and strength exercises.
Climbing walls work even in bad weather and provide good training possibilities. Climbing on rock is always an adventure. It allows me to tap into the natural elements and draw new energy.
As a professional climber, I have to be active in many different media environments, to make a living from what I do.
In my opinion, the most important things are passion, willpower and self-belief.
I like goals. They help me define a direction. Generally speaking, I want to pursue an active, healthy life. I also want to be able to continue climbing and be around for my nearest and dearest for a long time to come.
I love a challenge. But the moment my health or well-being is at risk, then it's time to stop and review the situation. Only once I've fully replenished my energy, do I go back to try again.
Yes, I feel that the climbing community is currently too obsessed with grades. As a former international competition climber, this kind of performance-related thinking is also part of me. However, I feel it's important not to lose sight of having fun, remaining passionate about climbing and being in touch with nature.
I think the grades are going to be pushed again. More and more strong climbers are coming through. It will be my job to support them along the way.