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Your seasonal guide on how to #livebeautifully
IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD
When it comes to climbing, you have to have the proper mindset. Some people see psychologists; I work on my breathing. That’s what helps me concentrate. And I have my rituals, of course. They never change. The left shoe, then the right shoe. Then “chalk”, magnesium carbonate, after the shoes. Stretches in a specific order. Everything is ritualised in a specific order.
In a climbing gym, you can climb as high as 15 metres. But you can go much higher in the city. I’ve been as high as 50 metres off the ground. Of course, being up high has its own appeal, but you don’t have protection in the city. You absolutely must not fall. And all the hard things we climb are beneath our true skill level... We leave ourselves some leeway.
LIGHTER THAN AIR
To feel good, I need to feel light. Fortunately, I have a metabolism that burns off all fat. I’m 5’6” and weigh 123 lbs (1m70/56kg) without following any particular diet. But most climbers follow a diet. Because we all know that an extra kilo to pull up the wall is huge.
The quest for pleasure
Urban climbing isn’t about performance or speed. We’re looking for thrills and pleasure. In the world of traditional climbing, these things are frowned upon. My coaches would rather I did nothing but train in the climbing gym. But here is where I get the most out of it.
Altitude is everything
Climbing is my life. I’m a mountain boy – I ski, do mountaineering, and I’m currently training to become a mountain rescuer. I think this feeling of being up high, being suspended above the world, is something I really need.