I'm from Siegen in Germany. I started climbing at the age of 15 or 16 on a small woody. Very soon I discovered that rock climbing is something I will have a lot of fun with. At the moment, I'm studying math and geography to become a teacher. Beside this I spend as much time as possible in what I like the most: travelling and climbing. So, right now I'm in a tourist information office to answer the BD questions during my restday in Pottenstein, Frankenjura. I mainly do sport climbing in different places in Europe, but I also enjoy bouldering, big walls and psicobloc a lot. I really enjoy to see new places, being in beautifull surroundings and exposed places to have good climbing adventures.
Birthday? November 16, 1883
Year you first started climbing? I think I started 1997, but I think I got my first climbing shoes at the end of 1998.
Three climbing/skiing achievements you are most proud of? Ohh, difficult! Ah, my first 7a onsight, I can't remember exactly which route it was but is was a dream. Maybe Super Cowboy, Jungle Speed and some first ascents in Siurana. And some first ascents in Ettringen, Germany, because the rock is so amazing.
Memory/story of the first time you ever went climbing? We had a tall tree next to our house and my Grandpa sent me to climb up to take a look if the roof gutter is clean. It was a bit scary, because the tree was so big and the branches were far.
Favorite climbing area and why? For me there is not just one really good area. But to pick one: Siurana is a very beautiful place with excellent rock. The climbing there is often very tricky and I like to think during climbing and not only to pull on jugs.
Best climbing experience? There are many many, maybe the send of Le Cadre (8c) in 2004 in Ceüse, because it was so unexpected. It was my first in that grade. Or to experience the wind of Patagonia during climbing on Desmochada or some nice psicoblocs.
Worst climbing experience? To crush my annular ligament! Luckily it works fine again :-)
What's your dream trip? Where? With who? An expedition to an untouched place with really nice rock. I would travel with Markus Jung or Agata Modrzejewska, becuase with them it is very funny every time.
Guilty pleasure? I don't know.
Something that annoys you while climbing? A lot of people on the rock and loud people. But the most annoying is too see how much rubbish people drop in nature, especially the toilet paper!
What/who inspires you in climbing? Being in nature and suprising myself by doing things I thought I wouldn't be able to do. People who enjoy climbing and climb above their limits.
Favorite apre-climb meal? Something new, tasty I haven't eaten before. But normally I like potatos with vegetables, tomato sauce and cheese, and of course some good sweets after.
Favorite climbing/skiing flick? I don't know much movies. We just watched a Britsh movie with scary trad climbing. I enjoyed this one.
What's in your iPod? I don't have one, just an old mp3 player with a good mix of slow and powerfull tracks.
Strangest place you've ever woken up? I slept in a lot of caves or strange places in some cities, but the strangest was under a bridge in Slovenia were we got woken up four times by the police :-)
Strangest person you've ever woken up with? Oh I remember something, but I will not tell it... ;-)
Three things you'd never roadtrip without? Mp3 player, climbing shoes and a chalkbag.
What's your dream job? Just climbing :-)
How are you training when you are not climbing? I normally just climb or boulder. I enjoy mountain biking and running a lot too: maybe it is a kind of training but I do it for fun.
If you could steal one thing and not get caught, what would it be? Normally I don't steal anything! ...but it would be nice to have a creditcard of a millionaire to get some planetickets and a car.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive) who would they be? Just some old friends I haven't seen for a long time.
Which would you prefer: power of flight or invisibility? Sometimes I'm lazy, I would choose flying, so I don't need to carry any draws and rope to the rock.