The Paraclimbing World Championship in Innsbruck was an amazing experience for me. Just like in past years, the paraclimbing event was organized alongside the traditional climbing disciplines (lead, bouldering and speed), however, this year the organizers (Austria Climbing and IFSC) put a lot of attention to integrating paraclimbing properly into this 10-day celebration of climbing. As a result, the finalists of all paraclimbing categories got to climb on the impressively overhanging lead wall. This seemed as an impossibility to me at first, however, with the help of fixing huge downward hanging objects on the wall (which made the routes less overhanging), it became not only a possibility but a visually appealing and fun 3-D route. I was definitely very excited to have the chance to climb on it!
We’re on our way to Narvik (Norway) to start our holiday in the mountains of Lapland (this time mostly on the Swedish side of the border for the first time). I’m really excited to see what adventures lie ahead of us this year! Because last year’s trip was amazing!
The landscapes were beautiful and magical, and the people we met on our way went out of their way to help us. I often think back to the wonderful times we had in Rago national park and Hamarøy. Here are some of our most memorable moments from last year’s summer holiday in Norway.
I just got my first ever prosthetic arm. It’s not one of those fancy electronic hands where you can move “your” fingers. Instead, it’s one with a hook, custom-made for me by Hempel. Functionality above aesthetics. As a start, I wanted to be able to cross-country ski with a pole in my left hand, to do pull-ups with a good posture and to give out rope with my left arm when belaying. Then I figured that I could also use it on the campus board and finger board. And it would be totally cool to get an ice axe tool with it at one point (as a friend suggested). Probably I’ll find even more uses for it as I start practicing.
For now, here is a short video of my first testing: campus board, finger board and pull-ups. Kind of a baseline.
It’s been already quite some time since the Paraclimbing Day in Berlin on 25 March. Somehow I’ve found it difficult to put my thoughts about the event into words even though the day was a great success. It has been quite a hectic time for me, but I was also waiting to hear more feedback from others. After all, this event was more about others than myself. I had two main objectives:
One useful climbing technique I often rely on is stepping high with one foot. This allows me to move up on the wall more with my feet than with my arms, and also lets me reach higher. This is essential when your arm is too short to reach a hold and/or you can’t grip properly with one hand (in the absence of fingers). Stepping high has become a key element of my climbing style. Lately I realized that I use this method far more than my climbing partner (for obvious reasons). I decided to do a bit of demonstration of the matter in this blog post.
Ever since I started climbing in 2012, I have kept wondering about how far I can push my climbing without fingers on my left hand. For a long time, I thought that 6a (VI+) would be a limit. Now, I know for sure that my limit of possibility lies somewhere beyond 6c (VIII-). This story is about my hilly road of progress towards pushing my limits.
Okay, maybe it’s actually about how my injuries have helped me push my limits. But in my case, these two are almost the same.
It is only fitting to start my blog and website with the story of my life… but I promise to focus mostly on climbing! Actually, this piece was originally published in German in the Berliner Bergsteiger in January/February 2017 (read it here). The Hungarian translation was published on the website of the Hungarian Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation (read it here). And here you can read my original version:
I love the feeling of climbing. It makes me forget about everything else around me except for the movement of my body on the wall from one hold to another. In these moments, I am completely absorbed in solving the puzzle presented to me in the pattern of possible hand- and footholds with the objective of getting to the top of the route. It is almost like a form of meditation: I focus on the moment and follow my intuition.