|Homeland:||San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina|
|Place of residence:||Catalonia|
|With EDELRID since:||2014|
|Sponsors:||EDELRID, Red Chili Climbing, 8cplus|
When I was a kid I was diagnosed with a growth hormone problem, I had to follow a long treatment and I grew slower than the rest of the kids. That forced me to learn to place my feet higher to reach the holds. I think this might be the reason why I am such a flexible climber today, and never look for excuses.
Being born in southern Argentina, in Patagonia, nature and mountains have been a part of my life since the beginning, and I always felt they were the right place for me. I discovered climbing through my sister, who used to climb with her boyfriend. So I got hooked early on and I've been climbing ever since. I've always been fascinated by the movement, by the need to find and solve new sequences and improve my technique. The mental challenge of constantly facing new problems has been the main motivation in my climbing life so far, and the fact that I can now make a living out of this makes me feel really lucky.
The first climbers who inspired me and to who I looked up to were Ramón Julian and Edu Marin, two examples of how discipline and hard work have a reward. Along with Marco Jubes, I think they have been my role models, besides being good friends and outstanding climbers. They have taught me much and they've helped me become the climber I am today.
If now I have become a role model to other people, I think that would be more of a consequence rather than a goal that I set myself to. And I guess that's a good thing, because if I was able to learn positive values from Ramón, Edu and Marco, maybe now I can pass these values to other people. And this is something that makes me really happy, although it was never my intention to become anyone's role model.
Finishing high school, when I moved to Catalunya, my first competition in 2010, when I started route setting internationally outside of my country and team up with Edelrid. I recognized most of these steps almost immediately as milestones because, in my mind, they were the right steps I had to take to make the dream of spending my life following my passion come true.
For example finishing high school gave me more freedom with my schedule. Catalunya is a paradise for climbing, competitions have connected me to a lot of people, they have taught me a lot and have made me train hard and push my limits. And have support of a great company like Edelrid gives me the resources I need to complete the puzzle.
After an incredible 2015, I decided to finish the year and start 2016 climbing with my friends in Siurana. While I was climbing hard and not having had a proper warm up, I injured my right forearm and one finger. It has been my worst injury so far and I had to spend many months in rehabilitation, but thanks to Felix Obrado's -my physiotherapist- help and patience, I was able to recover. Were hard times but for sure the most important thing it's to keep a positive mind and have patience.
As a competition climber, I'm used to follow a strict training program while preparing for competitions. Because you need to be strong in one place and one time, but depending on my personal projects and goals, there are periods during which the training is strict, whilst during other times it's more relaxed.
At the beginning of the year I have a first idea of some of the projects I want to do and other compromises (rock trips, competitions, route settings, sponsor meetings, etc...) so with that I prepare a first version of my calendar and my training periods. After that I'm updating the planning as the year progresses.
Don't be afraid to try new things. Try to find and work hard in your weaknesses and enjoy the process. For sure try to get a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition is key, and good rest as well. Listen to your body.
Both things are passions of mine. I love the mountains, and as a route setter I enjoy playing with holds and movement sequences in the rock climbing gym. It is true that indoor climbing, particularly in competition, is evolving into something increasingly different from actual rock climbing, and I am aware there's people who have negative opinions in that regard. I enjoy it very much, both as a climber and as route setter.
Sure, professional climbers are strong athletes, but there are lots of other things that play a role if you want to make a living out of climbing. Good attitude, for instance. Besides, a pro climbers' work is not just climbing, at this point I think everyone has his/her own formula, and I know many different ones from my friends.
If you're thirsty, you go for a glass of water, right? You don't just stand there, thinking: "I'm thirsty... How I wish I had a glass of water!" I think the same thing happens with everything else. If you really want something, you're going to work hard for that thing, you're going to find the way to accomplish that goal. If you are born with some natural gift that helps you in the process, it's going to be easier, otherwise it might be harder, but if you really want it there will be no excuses!
Motivation is the key. Training at your limit is really hard, so I think it is very important to set a goal and focus on that goal and give it your best every day. This goal will keep your motivation high during the hard moments.
My goal is to keep on enjoying every moment 'a muerte', improving as a climber, and as route setter.
As for my climbing projects, I will tell you more about them on social media when the moment comes. See you there!
The most important thing is to have a positive attitude. Both for hard projects and in your everyday life, to see the good parts in every situation is going to help us to keep on going forward. You need to be aware that bad or difficult moments are going to come, and realize those moments are also a part of the process. To widen our perspective allows us to value any situation as it deserves and to endure the hard moments. This focus can lead you to realizing our dreams.
I would like that the whole climbing industry would aim towards sustainability. It matters and it's a priority. I think Edelrid is an example of how you can innovate and make a top-quality product in an environmentally friendly way.
The sport is getting bigger and it is reaching more and more people, and I guess that is going to have both positive and negative consequences. Either way, I hope the change will point towards respect and sustainability.
I see myself pushing my limit and climbing as hard as I can and as long as I can, also setting new routes, boulders etc... Moving forward, I'm pretty sure my future is going to be associated to the climbing industry, in some fashion, I guess from the inside. Maybe I'll be helping in developing new products, or maybe giving my vision for business management on climbing gyms and or companies. Also, I'd like to help young and upcoming athletes, trying, with my experience, to give back as much as I can to the climbing world and community.