Career Highlights

I have been climbing for 12 years. Projects with rope definitely give me the most fun, but I also like to try hard on sight. Currently, some of my best ascents include:
Filar Pochylca VI.6/6+ (8b/+) RP in Polish Jura
Freestyler 8b RP in Margalef
 Ballerman X (8b) RP in Frankenjura
 Bouldervar 7c+ FL in Datça (Turkey)
Collon Pellats 7c OS in Margalef
I also try my skills in traditional and multipitch climbing. I’ve climbed a lot in Tatras Mountains in Poland, tried alpine climbing in the Alps, sport multipitch in Riglos (Spain) or long multipitch routes in Taghia (Morocco).

Favorite places to live/ climb/ visit:

Cracow and Polish Jura (Poland), Margalef (Spain), Frankenjura (Germany), Kalymnos and Leonidio (Greece)

Favorite type of climbing: 

Rock climbing

What most people don't know about me:

I usually admit to my friends that I have a master's degree in Computer Science and work as a programmer, but I don't always mention that I also completed a bachelor's degree in Sociology as a hobby.


  • Climbing

    When and how did you get into climbing? What keeps you interested? What fascinates you?

    During my studies, I became fascinated with mountain exploration, but trekking alone was not enough, so I wanted to learn mountaineering and climbing. For this I needed to join a climbing wall and just after that I became a fanatic sport climber rather than an alpinist 😀 However the mountains remained in my heart and I climb multipitch or alpine style from time to time.

    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?

    As a child, I spent hours playing the computer game Tomb Raider, transforming into Lara Croft and experiencing thrilling adventures, fighting monsters and solving archaeological riddles. Only virtually back then, but I visited many countries and interesting corners of the earth with Lara, including the temples of Angor Wat in Cambodia or the famous zone 51 in the Nevada desert… Lara impressed me with her agility and beauty, but what I liked the most was the constant thrill of the game and the amazing and engaging game locations and scenarios. Inspired by Lara's athleticism, I started training acrobatics and dancing myself, and this passion for sports (especially outdoor sports) with traveling simply stuck with me.

    I think my optimism and enjoyment of climbing can be contagious in a positive sense. I love climbing and I always see more positive aspects in a given moment than potential obstacles or worries. I like challenges and I approach them constructively, even when something seems very uncertain or distant at the beginning.

    What have been the most important milestones in your life so far, both in climbing and in everyday life? And did you recognize them immediately as such or only later on?

    Climbing itself was a great milestone as it changed all my lifestyle and gives me constantly a lot of fun, confidence as well as great adventures and amazing travels.

    What I recognized actually later is that I'm glad I studied computer science. It was before I started climbing and now the possibility of remote work for me as a programmer is a great advantage to my climbing lifestyle.

    What I also feel was in favor of me is that before climbing, I tried various sports: acrobatics, dancing, skateboarding or figure skating. So I started climbing already quite fit and it certainly helped me avoid typical injuries for a beginner climber.

    What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?

    Fortunately, I didn't have any serious injuries that would exclude me from climbing for a long time - after just two or three weeks I was able to climb again, of course it always should be in a controlled and safe way. I would like to wish myself and others to come back from every obstacle or injury stronger and richer in important experiences!

    What is your favorite climbing related story / experience?

    It was more like an experience and it was completely unusual for me. I was onsighting 7c Priapos in Grande Grotta in Kalymnos. The route was like 30 meters long, nearly in the roof with tufas all the way long - and the sun had already almost disappeared below the horizon. In the beginning I was taking advantage of every rest in the route - hard sections were divided by some good kneebars or even no-hand rests on hanging stalactites. As it was getting dark, in half way up I realized that I need to climb faster -  so I decided not to stop wherever possible. Finally, I reached the chain so pumped, that in the first moment I thought that I won't be able to lift the rope and clip into the anchor. Luckily, I managed to do that and immediately I felt so exhausted and destroyed, that when I hung on the rope, I had to scream for a few moments just to get my breath back after so much effort! It was so wild and peculiar that it reminded me of a cry of a newborn baby to catch his first breath…Apparently it was a good fight! 😀

  • Training

    Do you have a strict training schedule for when and how you train throughout the year?

    I have been climbing on my own for over 11 years, but recently I wanted to try professional training when I am not rock climbing. It's usually only a few months a year, because the rest of the time I work remotely and climb outdoors in sport crags or do some multipitch climbing. In addition to strictly climbing training, I do workouts at the gym and some cardio exercises like running or cycling. I don’t forget about important stretching or yoga.

    What advice can you give to somebody looking to improve their training routine?

    I would recommend to contact professional coach first or talk with more advanced climbers that could recommend right person or programme. The most import thing in the training routing is to have it right to avoid injuries and react adequately if any happens. Good training routine should consist of not only climbing-specific activities but also proper diet, maybe gym, general and mobility exercises, some stretching and for sure decent amount of relaxation and rest.

    What do you think of indoor climbing gyms in relation to climbing on actual rock?

    My feeling is that rock climbing requires a lot of focus and concentration, not only physical effort. When you try hard adrenaline is on high level as well. But as for climbing and training indoor, for me, is a time when I can take a break from being that very focused and giving my all almost all the time like in the rocks. I can then concentrate on some single aspects like strength, endurance or just do bouldering for fun. So after for example several-week trip of sport climbing, I like to take a break for climbing gyms and mainly recover my head, climb on something different regarding moves and holds and do decent trainings.

    Are you able to do a one-arm pull-up? How about a single finger?

    No chance for me yet but I don’t say final word!

    How much of the success as a pro climber is due to show and how much due to actual climbing skill?

    Show should not be bad, on the contrary, it reflects that as climbers we love our climbing activities and want to share them with others.

    Exceptional skills and achievements should not be the only domain of a pro climber, but sporting attitude, mental skills or how we approach challenges as athletes and whether we are able to do it professionally regardless of the final result, should count the most.

  • Psychology

    Is it possible for anybody to eventually perform a one-armed pull-up or get to the top of the Eiger/Matterhorn, or do you really have to be born for it?

    Everything is possible. If you motivated enough, love something or you would like to do something very much and believe in it then it is high likely that you make it happen.

    How important is it to set goals in professional sports? What are your goals / targets you are working towards in climbing and in life?

    Setting goals is very important in sports and it is definitely the first step towards the success. My favourite goal is to try myself at least on one hard route graded in the range 8c-9a in the future. I want to stay healthy, fit and enjoy climbing as long as possible. In the same time I would like to strive for a right balance between climbing, work and everyday life.

    How do you deal with extremely hard climbing problems? Do you ever get frustrated and give up on them or do they motivate you even more?

    Actually I am usually very interested in extremely difficult sport routes (at least for me) that at first glance seem beyond my capabilities, and yet the vision that I can perform on it well and even successfully often comes true. Even if the route requires a lot of tries and effort I rarely get bored or frustrated because in every try I discover more about the route (eg. better beta) and my performance like progressing the route, perfecting moves, feel of fatigue, good concentration or sometimes overcoming the fear. I enjoy the unknow outcome and just like the process.

  • Future of climbing

    Is there anything you would like to change about the current developments in climbing?

    I like the growing popularity of climbing happens these days. If it had been like this when I was a child, I would have definitely picked up this sport sooner and I think I would have liked it immediately.
    It is important to promote sports because these activities improves our physical and mental health and gives us a lot of joy. On the other hand, the fact that climbing is becoming more and more popular or even the ease with which we are able to reach climbing places around the world must make us aware of and make us respect local rules, people, culture and behave always in accordance with good customs.

    Where do you see the sport going in the next years, what will change and what is your role going to be in it?

    We all see the problem of climate change and it is already a real issue. More and more often, when I am back in some climbing area, I compare the climatic conditions to previous years - unfortunately we experience higher temperatures, drinking water shortages and more. I hope that in the end we all as humans will be able to deal with this by taking actions consistent with nature protection and we will be able to live in an optimal climate for as long as possible, because in the context of climbing it is outdoor/rock climbing that may suffer the most from this.