25 years old
I’m 21 years old and I’m a carpenter and climber.I’ve been climbing for over 15 years, and in recent years my whole life has revolved around the sport. I go climbing whenever I get the chance – every weekend and two or three times during the week.I climb because I love the beauty of the moves, and, best of all, the grippy feeling you get. To me, climbing a five-metre slab is just as interesting as scaling a 40 metre-long roof, as long as I’m motivated and moving classily. The atmosphere at the bottom of a cliff or boulder always puts me in a good mood and gets me pumped.I love all kinds of climbing – crags, boulders, long routes. For the past two years I’ve been focusing on boulders, to build up my pure strength and execute compulsory steps on some routes. In winter 2010-2011, I completed at least five 8b boulders, which I was really pleased about. Now I know my level is high enough to try some really tough routes. I got seriously back into crag-climbing in spring 2012.My dream is to turn professional and get sponsorship, so I can explore the world through my passion and tackle the purest, hardest routes and boulders.
« I climb because I love the beauty of the moves, and, best of all, the grippy feeling you get. »
+ What are your three finest climbing achievements ?- Boulders :
- The Dagger, 8b+, Cresciano
- Les Yeux de Satan complètement rouges, 8b+ (First Ascent), Vernayaz
- Permanent Midnight, 8b, Fionnay
- Miss Schweiz, 8a flash ascent, Tessin
- Routes :
+ Who do you prefer practicing climbing with ?With strongly motivated climbers. I like being with people who are attempting the same boulders as me – it’s a great stimulus and helps me to progress.+ Your best experience, high up ?It’s too hard to say, I’ve had so many. But I always have a great time each time I climb+ And the worst ?At Le Roc à L’Aigle. After three pitches, a two-metre-cubed boulder I was holding fell off the face. But I had my father and some great buddies at the bottom – it was scary, but fortunately I wasn’t badly injured.+ What do you like doing when you’re not climbing ?Watching climbing videos, reading climbing magazines, and doing edits of my boulder enchainments. And also looking for new spots and cleaning boulders.+ What’s your involvement with the Millet Design Centre and in product development generally ?I’m a technical adviser for Millet Switzerland. I test the equipment that’s scheduled to launch the following year, and provide advice on how to improve the products. Millet Switzerland holds feedback sessions and public promotion days. I also do bouldering videos for Millet, including a big hour-long film that will be released in late summer.+ How do you see your discipline evolving in the next few years ?Time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: in general terms, the average level of climbers will keep rising, and some really high-calibre climbers will come along and keep raising the elite bar. We’ll certainly also see the appearance of long routes with several ninth-degree pitches, which will be an even tougher challenge than non-stop climbing a pitch of 9b or more.
- La bête humaine, 8c, Bouddha spot, Salvan
- Le Sort s'acharne, 8c, St-Triphon