When and how did you get into climbing and what kept you interested / fascinated in the sport?
I started climbing when I was 10 years old. My father has been climbing for many years. I started climbing late, but then never stopped again. I love to climb outside
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 don't really have a hero, but I'm very impressed with climbers like Chris Sharma, Alex Megos, Dave Graham, Adam Ondra.... They look so strong and have so much fun. In general, I'm not influenced by the looks of others, but sometimes I have to admit that I am a little bit impressed by it.
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?
First to give up soccer and start climbing. My first 8a a year later, my first 9a 3 years later and this summer my redpoint of "Le Cadre" in Céuse. All these moments were for me a kind of revelation that I found my way, my passion: Climbing.
What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?
I remember the first time I went to Le Cadre in Céuse, I could do all the movements except one. That was the end of the vacation. I dreamed of this route all winter and was lucky enough to climb this "royal line" again a year later.
What is your favorite climbing related story / experience?
My story with "Le cadre" sure because in terms of pure difficulty, this is not the most difficult route, but it was the first time that I doubted especially during two months (August and September) when I could not go to Céuse. This route is so beautiful and Céuse is so special for me.
What most people don't know about me
I often sleep on the bottom on the crag during projects so I can start climbing right away the next day, like last summer in Céuse.