Climbing / Climbers / Riccardo Caprasecca
Name: Riccardo Caprasecca
Interview: Moon Climbing / January 2013
Moon Climbing – When and where did you start climbing?
Riccardo- I’m started climbing in 2002 at a climbing gym in Rome, it was actually for a joke!!! At the beginning, I didn’t like to climb. Only after a few moths I started to like it.
Moon Climbing – Do you have a favorite style of climbing (traditional, sport, bouldering etc)?
Riccardo – Bouldering, of course. I think in a single boulder or in a single movement you can find the real essence of climbing.
Moon Climbing – You are stuck on a desert island with just one route and one boulder. Which ones would you choose and why?
Riccardo – Unfortunately I climbed too few routes to really choose the route of my dreams. But I have a long list of boulder problems that I would like to try and -who knows- hopefully succeed: The power of one (Rocklands), The Ace (Peak District), Boogalagga(Chironico), The Riverbed (Magic Wood).
Moon Climbing – Who is your climbing hero or inspiration and why?
Riccardo – My inspiration is my great friend Alessandro Marinaro, because he’s still improving and he is still motivated, even if he had several injuries and he is not so young anymore.
Moon Climbing - How often do you climb?
Riccardo - I usually climb 7 days per week.
Moon Climbing – Where and how often do you train and for how many hours per week?
Riccardo – I usually train at the climbing gym “Get Up” in Rome. In pre-competition period I train between 30 and 35 hours per week. In competition period I train between 22 and 26 hours per week.
Moon Climbing – What kind of training do you do?
Riccardo – I try to vary as much as I can, and train using Moonboard, PG, Fingerboard , Functional training (TRX,Kettlebell…) and several hard boulders at the gym.
Moon Climbing –Your top training tip or tips?
Riccardo - I think that the primary rule to train well is having a great motivation. I think that the best strategy is training with different tools and methods to improve coordination and at the same time body tension, to get stronger fingers, and enhance proprioception.
Moon Climbing – The climbing achievement you are most proud of and why?
Riccardo – For sure,the second place at Melloblocco 2011 especially because I was just recovering from a shoulder injury and it was totally unexpected.Another great moment was my first boulder of grade 8 in Fontainebleau.I have always considered Fontainebleau as a sacred place.
Moon Climbing - What is your opinion on competitions? Good, bad or indifferent?
Riccardo - I like competitions. I think that competitions are a good way to present our sport to those who don’t know it yet .
Moon Climbing – Your goals for 2013?
Riccardo - I hope to have the fortune to travel as much as possible and explore new climbing destinations. I would consolidate my level and break the barrier of 8B Fb. Concerning competitions, it would be great to reach a good placement at the “Italian Bouldering Cup “.