How did you first get into climbing?
It started about 5 years ago when I was on holiday in Italy and whilst having a morning walk in the hills, I noticed some amazing rock formations and just had a real urge to start climbing. I thought this is pretty awesome, and as soon as I got back home, I grabbed a friend and headed to the nearest climbing centre to have a go properly. I didn’t really take it seriously until about two years ago, when I started training harder and focus on improving.
For the past two years I have been working in the climbing industry as an instructor and coach. Before this I worked in customer service. I worked as a customer contact manager for AUDI back at home in Hungary.
Do you prefer indoor climbing or outdoor climbing….and why?
In truth, I love climbing outdoors as it’s a lot more challenging both mentally and physically. I enjoy the variation of climbs that the natural rock provides, and the fact that it is my choice of how it is climbed makes it exciting. But if the weather is poor I prefer it indoors, purely because I hate being cold or rained on.
What has been your greatest climbing achievement to date?
A little bit more than a year ago, I headed out for an evening climbing session with a friend to llanymynech and I have lead my first 7a there. I am particularly proud of this one, as this was a very ‘reachy’ route and I had to be very dynamic which is very much out of my comfort zone.
Where is your dream climbing destination and who would be your dream climbing partner?
I haven’t really had chance to go climbing abroad yet, and would love to visit many places but my dream destination would be Indian Creek in Utah, USA. They have some fantastic looking crags there. My dream climbing partner would have to be either Neil Gresham or Hazel Findley.
What do you enjoy about Climbing The Walls?
I love the originality of the centre. Climbing The Walls takes a unique approach to climbing; Bridging the gap between the standard climbing culture and a sport that is available for everyone. It is really exciting to be part of developing a centre which will provide a comprehensive and unique pathway for each of the participants, should they be complete beginners or competition climbers.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Professionally I would love to still be working with the Climbing The Walls team. I see a great future for the company and I am proud to be a part of it. I hope I can work my way up as the company develops. Personally, I would like to start training again having recovered from my injuries. I hope to push my climbing skills to a level I am happy with.