What most people don't know about me?
I'm "casteller", which means that I make human towers..!
When and how did you get into climbing and what kept you interested / fascinated in the sport?
I started climbing with my father. First we make mountainering in pirinees, and i was fascinated by the adventures I lived in those places. more later, with my father start to climb classic rutes and I see that climb was my live..! after, i know friends for go alone and start sport climb for win more tecnic and force..! but my interest are the big advenures..!!
I started climbing with my father. At first we made mountain trips in the pyrenees and I was fascinated by the adventures I experienced there. Later I began to climb classic routes with my father, and discovered that climbing would be my life. Then I met friends, and that made me want to improve my technique, my strength and my climbing skills in general. I discovered that it was the great adventures that I loved about climbing.
Who was your childhood hero and do you consider yourself a role model now? Does it influence you at all that other people look up to you?
I actually don't have a hero in my mind, but I do remember a book and a film that hit me. "Freney 1961" is a book that taught me that the mountains are not always as beautiful as they seem and that the line from a good adventure to a tragedy could be very thin. "Touching the void", on the other hand, is a film with which I learned that if you fight to the end, you can find and do great things such as life on itself.
I don't think so. But I feel that I influence a bit more people every day, and, to be honest, that remains in my mind. But I always try to be as natural as possible so it does not affect neither my daily life nor my climbing life.
What were the most important milestones in your life so far, both in climbing and in everyday life? Did you immediately recognize them as such or only later on?
My most important climbing I think that is Slovak direct in Denali's south face. In my daily life I've also had great moments, when I became a father was definitely a highlight, too, and my life changed. I hope that another big moment comes in June when I'm doing the final UIAGM Exams..!!
What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?
I think I haven't had great failures... Maybe, at some point it's been difficult to find friends to go climbing on the routes I was dreaming at that moment.
What is your favorite climbing related story / experience?
While climbing a 500 meter mixed route (free and assisted) alone, 250 meters above the ground, I put a Blue Black Diamond Cam. When I went to clip the rope, I realized that, shit, I had no rope....
I was in a wonderful place enjoying the peace and quiet, in a very bad situation. I had lost my rope because this pitch was very vertical and had pulled the rope down by its own weight in my pocket. I was climbing with the rope in my backpack on my back and I was sure that I had tied a knot at the end of the rope to avoid this situation, but anyway, it didn't matter anymore. I was in the middle of a scary pitch with bad rock and not too many options. I continued climbing 12 meters rope-free and then clung to a couple of pitons.
It was cold, no one knew I was there, and I had no rope....
Fortunately, before I tried to climb down, I heard some people near the base of the wall and was able to tell them my situation.
This was many years ago, and the rescue teams were not as professional as they are today, I think. I had to endure 23 hours hanging on the wall, it was very, very cold, without warm clothes, water, food or the most important part, my rope....