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Bernd Zangerl Interview

  • Bernd Zangerl 1

What’s your favourite spot/location to be active?
There are many places all over the world I have been so far. My favourite Spots in the Alps are Silvapark Galtür and I also like many places in Switzerland. Abroad I am currently motivated for the Himalaya and Norway.

How do you prepare for a project/contest (info/training/nutrition)?
For many years I have been able to climb whenever I want. So I don’t follow a training plan, instead I go climbing as much as possible and follow my motivation. Most of the time I “train” on the project to get the specific power for the boulder problem. Motivation and fun are the basic principles I have to solve a hard project. My daily nutrition can be anything. A well balanced mix is best for me. I prefer fresh and healthy food from the market.

What are your biggest accomplishments?
I won climber of the year 2003 ( Climbing Magazine ), otherwise New Base Line, Viva La Evolution, Memento, Anam Cara , The Unknown, The laziness of comfort, Sitting in a corner with depression, Bravirabi, El Salvador.

What are your next goals (related to your sport)?
Right now I am working on a hard problem in Switzerland. As soon as the snow is gone, I have a big project in the Italian Alps. Then preparation begins for this year’s Himalaya trip.

Who do you look up to and who motivates you?
I look up to the sun, the moon or to the stars! An unclimbed piece of rock motivates me.

Who is your favourite guy to hang out with/be active with?
Usually I hang out with my Crashpad ;-). I have many friends all over the world. Hopefully I will hang out with some of them again this year.

What’s your ‘2nd‘sport (not only outdoor activities)?
Searching for new boulders or back country skiing.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a day off?
Reading, meeting good friends and having a nice chat .

What’s your favourite adidas product and why?
The new Primaloft Jacket, because it`s light and keeps me warm all winter. And the terrex shoe because I’ve never slipped of (a rock).

What’s your favourite food?
Traditional Indian food, sushi, Thai food but also steaks, pasta and all kinds of sweet dishes ;-).