In our interview series "Athletes Ask Athletes" we let professional climbers asking their fellow climbers a question. That person answers the question and nominates another person and asks that person a question too - and the story goes on. Stay tuned!

The series started with a question from the Swiss professional climber Petra Klingler an Adam Ondra, This article will be continuously updated and with the interview questions and answers we publish on instagram.

Petra Klingler asks Adam Ondra

What is the most important thing/object you will take with you to the Olympic Games in Tokyo?

Petra Klinglers question to Adam Ondra
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Athletes Ask Athletes, where professional climbers ask one of their fellow climbers a question. Our first episode is with @petra_klingler and @adam.ondra: Petra asked: "Adam, what's the essential object?" Adam Ondra answers: "I will bring a fan, because it helps a lot. It's a game changer, when it's hot! "Adam nominated @sebbouin. Stay tuned for Adam's question and Seb Bouin's answer in our next episode of "Athletes Ask Athletes". , #athletesaskathletes #aaa #rockclimbing #climbing #klettern #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbinglife #climbing_is_my_passion #climbinginspiration #timetoclimb #happyclimbing #theclimbinglife #iloveclimbing #climbinglover #climbinglife #climbing_lovers #timetoclimb #climbing_is_my_passion #doyouboulder #boulderinglife #bouldering #boulder #bouldern #extremebouldering

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Adam Ondra asks Seb Bouin

“Why do you grade your routes so hard?”

Adam Ondras question to Sébastien Bouin
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NEWS: Second episode of our series Athletes Ask Athletes, where professional climbers ask one of their fellow climbers a question. Our first episode was with @petra_klingler and @adam.ondra. , Now Adam Ondra asked French Climber Sébastien Bouin the following question: "Why do you grade your routes so hard?". Sébastiens answer: "I want to be sure about the real grade! It's hard to put a grade, the routes are evolving with the time. And I prefer to see my routes upgrade downgrade. ". Seb nominated climbing legend Ben Moon (@moonclimbing). Stay tuned for Seb's question on Ben Moon's answer in our next episode of Athletes Ask Athletes. , You will find the constantly growing number of interviews on www.lacrux.com. Go check it out! , Raph @raphaelfourau. #rockclimbing #climbing #climbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #athletesaskathletes #aaa #interview #climbers #adamondra #sebbin #sebastienbouin #climbinglife #climbing_is_my_passion #climbinginspiration #timetoclimb #happyclimbing #theclimbinglife #iloveclimbing #climbinglover #climbinglife #climbing_lovers #timetoclimb #climbing_is_my_passion

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Sébastien Bouin asks Ben Moon

How do you keep the shape after 30 years of hight level climbing?

Sébastien Bouins question to Ben Moon
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🔥NEWS🔥 Third episode of our series Athletes Ask Athletes, where professional climbers ask one of their fellow climbers a question. Our first episode was with @petra_klingler and @adam.ondra. The second episode with Adam Ondra and french climber @sebbouin. Ben Moon (@moonclimbing) and asked him: How do you keep the shape after 30 years of high level climbing? Ben's answer: "The secret to staying in shape is to keep climbing or training. Although this might sound obvious it's not always easy to do so. But with so many good climbing gyms around it's much easier than it used to be. If you are motivated then climb or train 3 times per week but 5 is better! If you are unmotivated then try and climb at least once a week until your motivation returns. But whatever you do and however you feel you must keep climbing. It's also really important to look after your body especially as you get older. Eat a healthy and balanced diet, do not drink too much, maintain your flexibility. Train hard, climb harder! "Ben Moon now nominated the Basque training machine Patxi Usobiaga (@patxiusobiaga_pucseries) Stay tuned for Ben's question and Patxi's answer in our next episode of" Athletes Ask Athletes ". You are looking for the growing number of interviews on www.lacrux.com -> searching for athletes ask athletes. Go check it out! , M @moonclimbing

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Ben Moon asks Patxi Usobiaga

"If having a good mental attitude for redpointing is the key to success, what are your top tips for getting in a good mental attitude?"

Ben Moon’s question to Patxi Usobiaga
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🔥NEWS🔥 Fourth episode of our series “Athletes Ask Athletes”, where professional climbers ask one of their fellow climbers a question. Our first episode was with @petra_klingler and @ adam.ondra. The second episode with Adam Ondra and french climber @sebbouin. Sébastien then nominated climbing legend Ben Moon (@moonclimbing) and Ben now asked Patxi Usobiaga (@patxiusobiaga_pucseries the following question: “If having a good mental attitude for redpointing is the key to success, what are your top tips for getting in a good mental attitude? ”Patxi's answer:“ It is impossible to always be motivated, always up. But knowing yourself and knowing how to take advantage of those moments of downturn, are the ones that make you take off higher and it is right there, at that moment when you can do everything you want. ”Patxi Usobiaga now nominated the Japanese climber Yuri Hirayama (@stonerideryuji) Stay tuned for Patxi's question and Yuri's answer in our next episode of“ Athletes Ask Athletes ”. You will find the constantly growing number of interviews on www.lacrux.com -> searching for athletes ask athletes. Go check it out!. 📸 @javipec.. #rockclimbing #climbing #kletter #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbinglife #climbing_is _my_passion #climbinginspiration #timetoclimb #happyclimbing #theclimbinglife #iloveclimbing #climbinglover #climbinglife #climbing_lovers #timetoclimb #climbing_is_my_passion #athletesaskathletes #aaama #adamondra #petraklouinimimirbimberimimber

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Patxi Usobiaga asks Yuji Hirayama

"What is your way of staying healthy and fit?"

Patxi Usobiaga's question to Yuji Hirayama
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🔥UPDATE🔥 Fifth episode of our series “Athletes Ask Athletes”, where professional climbers ask one of their fellow climbers a question. Our first episode was with @petra_klingler and @ adam.ondra. The second episode with Adam Ondra and french climber @sebbouin. Sébastien then nominated climbing legend Ben Moon (@moonclimbing), followed by @patxiusobiaga_pucseries. Patxi now asked Japanese legend @stonerideryuji the following question: “What is your way of staying healthy and fit?” Yuji's answer: “It's pretty simple: I just don't want to be unhealthy, because if you are not healthy you can ' t enjoy much your life or you enjoy less. I'm always motivated to go climbing and if you motivation is high, you energy level is high too. And because of all that, I'm still climbing a lot and therefore keep myself healthy. So: motivation is key! ”Yuji now nominated German pro climber Alexander Megos (@alexandermegos). Stay tuned for Yuji's question and Alex's answer in our next episode of “Athletes Ask Athletes”. You will find the constantly growing number of interviews on www.lacrux.com -> searching for athletes ask athletes. Go check it out! >> 📸 @deloprojet>> #rockclimbing #climbing #climbing #multipitch #laragedadam #hosanna #verdon #france #sebbouin #juliacassou #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbinglife #climbing_is_my_passion #climbinginbimb # #climingclimclimingclimbing #theclimbingclimbing timetableoclimb #climbing_is_my_passion #athletesaskathletes #aaa #interview #yujihirayama #alexmegos

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Yuji Hirayama asks Alexander Megos

You focused on the Olympics this year and I know it’s not over yet. What do you learn from this Olympic preparation/focus for your daily life and for you life in general?

Yuji Hirayama's question to Alexander Megos
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🔥UPDATE🔥 Sixth episode of our series “Athletes Ask Athletes”, where professional climbers ask one of their fellow climbers a question. In todays episode Yuji asks Alexander Megos the following question: «You focused on the Olympics this year and I know it's not over yet. What do you learn from this Olympic preparation / focus for your daily life and for you life in general? »Alexanders answer:« Yes my focus is on the Olympics at the moment and on indoor climbing in general. I think in some ways training for comps and got outside is very similar. You work towards a specific goal you want to achieve. But at the same time the two are completely different. In rock climbing the goal is clear when you are redpointing a route and you know what to expect. In competition climbing though it never is as clear what to expect, because every comp is different. What I'm learning through my preparations for comps is that you need to be able to focus on one single moment and one single day. It doesn't matter if you don't feel great on the day of the comp, you still need to try your hardest because there is no second chance. And that's how it is very often in daily life too. In daily life and in so many situations you can't wait for the perfect day to come. You need to try your hardest when you get the opportunity to, no matter how you feel. »Alexander now nominated Austrian pro climber Kilian Fischhuber (@kilifish). Stay tuned for Alexander's question and Kilian's answer in our next episode of “Athletes Ask Athletes”. You will find the constantly growing number of interviews on www.lacrux.com -> searching for athletes ask athletes. Go check it out! >> 📸 @margojain>> #rockclimbing #climbing #klettern #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbinglife #climbing_is_my_passion #climbinginspiration #timetoclimb #happyclimbing #theclimbinglife #iloveclimbing #climbinglover #climbinglife #climbing_lovers #timetoclimb #climbing_is_my_passion #athletesaskathletes #aaa #interview #kilianfischhuber #alexmegos @ petra_klingler, @ adam.ondra, @sebbouin, @moonclimbing, @patxiusobiaga_pucseries, @stonerideryuji, @alexandermegos @kilifish

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Alexander Megos asks Kilian Fischhuber

"If you compare the bouldering world cup of the two last seasons with the beginning of your career, would you say our sport did an logical evolution or was it a development that came from the media to make our sport 'higher - better - faster' because we are a consumer society? Would the sport have developed in the same direction without social media or do we need spectacular things, because otherwise we don’t watch for more than 15 seconds?"

Alexander Mego's question to Kilian Fischhuber

Kilian's answer

“When I started climbing in 1995, the sport was actually very different from today. When the first Boulder World Cup took place in 1999, I was just old enough to start. Back then, the boulders were rather short routes or imitations of difficult rock climbing moves. Small holds, small footholds and many moves. That has now changed. The holds are getting bigger and the moves less. Today the bouldering discipline also influences the route setting of lead climbing, for example when short crux sequences are put together with spectacular moves.
Route setting has emancipated itself from rock climbing and developed in a direction that moves away from rock climbing. But I don't think this development has to do primarily with social media. At least the style changed before the existence of Facebook and Instagram. The “creative, modern, unconventional” boulder and route setting has become independent through the search for new movements and sequences as well as the use of new materials, shapes and surfaces. Social media have spread this trend, made it accessible to a wide audience and thus accelerated it.
I'm basically a fan of this development, but I think that you have to think about how you can manage diversity without restricting creativity. ”


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🔥UPDATE🔥 Seventh episode of our series “Athletes Ask Athletes”, where professional climbers ask one of their fellow climbers a question. In todays episode Alexander Megos asks Kilian Fischhuber the following question: «If you compare the bouldering world cup of the two last seasons with the beginning of your career, would you say our sport did an logical evolution or was it a development that came from the media to make our sport 'higher - better - faster' because we are a consumer society? Would the sport have developed in the same direction without social media or do we need spectacular things, because otherwise we don't watch for more than 15 seconds? »You will find Kilians answer - along with all the other athletes Q & A's - on www. lacrux.com searching for athletes ask athletes. Go check it out! Kilian now nominated routesetter Manuel Hassler from flathold (@flathold). Stay tuned for Kilians question and Manuels answer in our next episode of “Athletes Ask Athletes”. 📸 #reinifichtinger>> #rockclimbing #climbing #klettern #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbinglife #climbing_is_my_passion #climbinginspiration #timetoclimb #happyclimbing #theclimbinglife #iloveclimbing #climbinglover #climbinglife #climbing_lovers #timetoclimb #climbing_is_my_passion #athletesaskathletes #aaa #interview #kilianfischhuber #alexmegos @petra_klingler, @ adam.ondra, @sebbouin, @moonclimbing, @patxiusobiaga_pucseries, @stonerideryuji, @alexandermegos @kilifish, @flathold

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Kilian Fischhuber asks Manuel Hassler

“The style of the route setting and the choice of walls (inclinations) can be decisive for the results in competitions. How will you deal with it in the future, also to prevent the accusation that you have set a rout/boulder for or against a certain athlete? ”

Kilian Fischhuber's question to Manuel Hassler

Manuel's answer

The inclination of the different wall profiles usually defines a certain style. The flatter the profiles, the easier dynamic problems can be made.

It is always very difficult to set an undynamic style in a gently slopy wall that is spectacular at the same time.

That is why I believe that steep walls should also be part of every competition in order to create a naturally given style of route setting.

This would to automatically regulate the diversity of movements in route setting and would make it much easier to create a the competition that is "fair" for all athletes.

Next episode of our interview series Athletes Ask Athletes

Manuel Hassler nominates British climber Johnny Dawes, known for his dynamic climbing style and bold ascents, and asks him a question. More on that shortly. Stay tuned!

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