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Bouldering

No other form of climbing is as dynamic and ballistic. The focus lies deep and concentration is high when just in a part of a second, in one move, all the energy flows. There are routs with just one move and they can be very esthetic and have a logic line. Often I’m trying on such a line for an hour with lots of energy to explode and afterward I have to lay down and relax. Physically and also mentally it’s quite tiring and a great satisfaction if you finally succeed.

... found in the Austrian Alps. Photo © A. Hechenberger
Western Australia. A special power place, for the native people and also for us. An honor to be there. Photo © U. Loskot
Photo © U. Loskot
At this paradise island in the Indian ocean.
Photo © U. Loskot
Despite the climate isn’t prime for climbing it’s a great pleasure to climb this rocks.
Photos © U. Loskot
The surface doesn’t make many holds. Photos © U. Loskot
To make it up it needs weird techniques, lying back, lot’s of friction climbing, pushing “holds” against each other ... Photos © U. Loskot
The landscape isn’t much formed by humans but looks like a big botanic garden. To have the sea as close by is great and you feel in paradise.
Photos © U. Loskot

Explore

Exploring new climbing spots and travelling itself was a big issue in the past years. Often I’m studying maps and pictures from rock formations in books or in the internet, trying to filter information whether it’s worth to go or not. It’s always been an exciting experience. Not just because of the rocks but the whole thing of travelling to the unknown, meeting people and landscapes and let the moment be the boss.

Also at home is a lot to explore. For example in the summer, up in the mountains, searching for the perfect boulder field.
Photo © A. Hechenberger
A diamond in the Indian ocean. Huge granite boulders with crazy formations lying on the beach with dense jungle in the back and waves peeling on the reefs create a studio like atmosphere, it seems to be unreal. If you’re there as someone who loves bouldering and surfing, it’s too good to be true.
Photo © U. Loskot
In the Bush, Western Australia. On the roof of the car, searching through the spy eye.
Fotos © P. Thomas

DWS
(Deep Water Soloing)

It’s a special form of climbing rocks, possibly the purest. There is no rope, no harness and no bolts, nothing what keeps you away from moving and even in case you fall there are no rocks to hit, just the biggest crash pad’s waiting to welcome you softly. It’s a way of freedom to hang on the cliffs and feel like a bird.

In England, my first real DWS (Deep-Water-Soloing) Trip. Tim Emmett and Mikey Robertson showed us how it’s been done. We were there only for 4 days but it felt like a month, because so many new things happened. There I’m jumping from the top of the cliff to get rid of my fear and build up confident for the future. Photos © A. Hechenberger
Photos © A. Hechenberger
In Mallorca, the Mecca of DWS..
Photo © C. Dobner
One month after the England trip I was stoked and curious for more. I wrote an e-mail to Miquel Riera, a friend from Mallorca and he sent some pics from an amazing cliff by the sea. I asked about the caves in the background but he didn’t know what I was talking about. Anyway, it didn’t take long and I was there with my English mates. The Brits came with their keen mentality, “let’s ave it” and I brought my boulder eye and so we opened many new routs. This was the start to a new era in the climbing sport. Today DWS is getting popular.
Photo © C. Dobner

Surfing

In 1994 I stopped to climb rocks and thought this will last for ever. My friends laughed at me and knew my mind will change again. Anyway, I made a plan to visit a friend in Hawaii. I wanted to see the holy waves.

Surely I started to climb again. But when summer is knocking on the door and it is getting warm, all I can think about are waves and I have to go and see them.

Indonesia. We never had time to take some pics, the waves were too exciting and also we didn’t have a water resistant box or a strong zoom for our camera to get close enough to the surf.
Except one day, the waves were very weak and blown out, without hope to catch some nice waves, we went to a not very exciting beach break, like on the Adriatic sea. Anyway, Coop took the camera, almost the water up to his shoulders and took some great shots. Photos © C. Roberts
Kalbarri, Western Australia. Famous for the roaring tubes. Not so at this day. There was some swell coming but also a strong wind, so the waves weren’t steep. But it was a great day.
Photo © P. Thomas

Lifestyle

When I’m travelling, on the search for the perfect wave, or the perfect boulder field... Meeting people, landscapes, spending time with friends ...

In the Indian, where it’s easy to style your life. Photos © U. Loskot
In the Indian, where it’s easy to style your life. Photos © U. Loskot
Evening glory = cooking. Often we are outdoors.
Photo © A. Hechenberger

Skiing

In the last few years it got a big passion. I don’t know how I could let all the beauty winters pass and escape to the sun. I’m happy now. When there is winter there is nothing as exciting as flying down a mountain on your skis. My friend Ali, I know him since many years, knows the mountains and the places where the snow is great. We live the dream and at home are amazing conditions with regularly fresh snow and several different mountain rages reachable by car within an hour.

Own your turn, on the way up. Photo © K. Loskot
A scenic lunch time place and the downhill to our feet are pushing the bliss. We are stoked.
Photo © K. Loskot
Heavy equipment is harder on the way up and takes away the tempo, but gives it back on the way down. Photo © K. Loskot
On a narrow track, just before clouds clear out, hopefully. Photo © K. Loskot

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