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Name: Ivan Lisica – Local Hero: Croatia
Interview: Moon Climbing / January 2013
Moon Climbing – When and where did you start climbing?
Ivan – I started climbing 1996 in my hometown of Split in Croatia. The local climbing scene was very small then but we always had a strong spirit!
Moon Climbing – Do you have a favourite style of climbing (traditional, sport, bouldering etc)?
Ivan - My favorite styles are sport climbing and bouldering.
Moon Climbing – You are stuck on a desert island with just one route and one boulder. Which ones would you choose and why?
Ivan - I would choose two lines from my home areas – boulder Babulj (Fb6c) because it has beautiful moves and it would be perfect way to start the day! Other one would be my project above the river ‘Into the Wild’ – because it is really a king line – esthetic and hard!
Moon Climbing – Who is your climbing hero or inspiration and why?
Ivan - My heroes are climbers from old school generation. Why? Read Jerry Moffat Revelation and it will be clear!
Moon Climbing – How often do you climb?
Ivan - Usually 4-5 times per week.
Moon Climbing – Where and how often do you train and for how many hours per week?
Ivan - I am mostly climbing/training outside and was never used to lots of training on plastic. This is not strange since the weather in Split is nice for the whole year and there are many climbing areas close to town. This is also the reason why I am not the strongest guy around, but if Split was Sheffield it would be different story☺.
Moon Climbing – What kind of training do you do?
Ivan - When I am training in the gym I just climb a lot and sometimes I set boulders/routes which are pretty similar to projects that I am trying to climb outside. For upper body and core strength I do gymnastic rings. While climbing outside I spend lots of time working on projects or sometimes trying to repeat in a day many old routes or boulders that I did before.
Moon Climbing – Your top training tip or tips?
Ivan - Work on everything that you are weak at and is not your style!
Moon Climbing – The climbing achievement you are most proud of and why?
Ivan - I am proud that I bolted and climbed some beautiful and hard routes, which helped in development of local scene in Split! Also there were some onsight sends, which were epic battles that I will never forgot.
Moon Climbing – What is your opinion on competitions? Good, bad or indifferent?
Ivan - For me climbing outside is the best and it gives me satisfaction that can’t be compared to any competition! On the other side I did lots of competitions because I like their mental aspect of dealing with pressure and training challenge to be at the peak of the form at the exact moment.
Moon Climbing – Your goals for 2013?
Ivan - I am so psyched and motivated to climb that I can hardly describe it! Just hope for good health of mine, my family and friends and I am sure this will be the year to remember. It already started this way…