Climbing / Climbers / Fabian Christof
Name: Fabian Christof
Interview: Moon Climbing / January 2013
Moon Climbing – When and where did you start climbing?
Fabian - I think i am climbing for fifteen years now. I started as a sixteen years old teenager who was quite bored during the summer holidays and searched for some thrilling moments in my hometown Würzburg. Unfortunately there is not a single rock!
Moon Climbing – Do you have a favourite style of climbing (traditional, sport, bouldering etc)?
Fabian - I was used to switch between sport climbing and bouldering but nowadays I more or less only go bouldering. My favorite style also has changed during the last few years. Years ago I was really skinny so I prefered the extremly crimpy climbs. I was quite weake at bid moves, burly and steep climbs. Today it’s vice versa. Since then I’m nearly 8 kg heavier, so sometimes I have problems if the holds are to tiny.
Moon Climbing – You are stuck on a desert island with just one route and one boulder. Which ones would you choose and why?
Fabian - Route: Action Direct! My brutal weakness…So many many pockets! So it would be far and wide the only climb and I would be forced to try it everyday I go climbing. Boulder: Heritage. Because it’s the best problem (rock and style and holds and and and) i ever climbed. This line is my absolute favorite!
Moon Climbing – Who is your climbing hero or inspiration and why?
Fabian - No specific person. I’ve met many climbers that showed me what is possible. That involves not only the physical aspect of climbing like power or technique! What stuck in my mind are all the unique characters with their individual attitude. All off them gave me inspiration how to go climbing or how to live climbing. They changed my style of climbing and my motivation to try a route or a boulder.
Moon Climbing - How often do you climb?
Fabian - Since I started to work sometimes it could be more but i try to stay motivitated and keep it going at least three times a week.
Moon Climbing – Where and how often do you train and for how many hours per week?
Fabian - The season 2013 starts like a disaster. Between October 2012 and March 2013 I think I spent 5 days outside in my home area (for god saken there were the 10 days in Tecino). It´s incredible! Therefore indoor climbing is my best friend. Since a view people recognized the economical profit of establishing bouldering gyms at the area around Nürnberg once could choose between some good quality gyms. I always try to alternate the gyms because of it´s different styles of holds, walls and problems. Normally a session is between two and five hours.
Moon Climbing – What kind of training do you do?
Fabian - My focus is definitely on trying hard problems and get a lot of substance. I hate taking a rest, so normally i climbing the hole session. Sometimes i lift some weights, campus a bit or go for a run.
Moon Climbing - Your top training tip or tips? Fabian -
1. Enjoy to train (also if it´s a indoor problem – the challenge is the same)
2. It’s all about the right intensity! Train hard but healthy!
4. Training is not only fun but also it’s important to finish each period.
5. Try to hold the MOTIVATION high!
6. Between the mountains there are valleys!!!
Moon Climbing – The climbing achievement you are most proud of and why?
Fabian - “Most of my achievements have a special meaning for me but if I have to choose one than I would say it was Shan-Gri-La 8c+ long time ago. In this time everything I’ve done was for climbing! I had a state of mind that made me so excited that I even wasn’t able to sleep. I felt that the ascent was right in front of me and I was only a matter of tries…… I wouldn’t say that this is my proudest ascent but it’s an ascent that is caught in my mind for a very long time!”
I wrote this years ago and today this feeling is gone. If I leave the rock, the boulder or the route is out of my mind! That doesn’t mean that I’m less excited. For example if I go to a new area it’s like christmas and i go grazy like a little child. As I visited the ‘Rocklands for the first time, I also wasn’t able to sleep the days before. I saw so many pictures, I could not wait to get there…
My proudest achievement? New Base Line, Heritage, Madiba, Golden Shadow, Montecore and …. but I think very important to me is, that I’m able to hold my level of climbing beside working a lot and I won’t give up.
Moon Climbing - What is your opinion on competitions? Good, bad or indifferent?
Fabian - Why not! Personally I’ve got no experience with comps but it’s a style of climbing and a lifestyle. Maybe it’s also a way to give climbing more public attention! No attention no economy, no economy no sponsoring, no sponsoring no pros, no pros then nothing to talk and read about… I AM JOKING
Moon Climbing – Your goals for 2013?
Fabian - 1. Staying healthy without any injuries! 2. From Dirt Grow The Flowers 3. Trip to South Africa (it´s a drug!)