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Martina "Matze" Harnisch

This bundle of energy is one of the strongest sport climbers in Austria. Being able to climb this strong on top of her work commitment – she works as a physicist at a start-Up – definitely has something to do with her never-ending motivation.

Martina "Matze" Harnisch

Birth year: 1987 
Current residence: Innsbruck
AUSTRIALPIN athlete since: 2013
My disciplines: Sport climbing, alpine climbing, a little bit of bouldering
Rock highlights: 

Sport climbing:

Red Point: Der Schwarze Schwan 8c (Ötztal); (2x8c,  8x8b+; all in all150+ routes 8a und more difficult)
On sight/flash: Pushin‘ up Daisies 8a+ (Red River Gorge) (o.s.); Cuchills for your finguers 8a+ (Rodellar) (flash);
Sportalpine: Boulevard of broken dreams 8a (Ötztal) (7b, 7b+, 7c+, 8a, 7c, 7b+, 7a, 7c+) (team free, alternate lead)

Trad & Alpine climbing:
Phoenix 7c+ (Yosemite) (clean); 
The Nose (Yosemite) (5.8/C2);
Alpenliebe 7c+ (alternate lead)

What motivates me? The joy of movement and my never-ending motivation.

Family is: Indispensable and irreplaceable
My occupation: Physicist
My favorite season & why: Long lives diversity, every season has its charm!
Spring & fall: nice for sport climbing and sending hard projects. Summer: the alpine North faces are calling. Winter: Powder, ski tours and Dschungel-Action (local crag in Innsbruck).
The terrainvwhere I feel the most at home: Technically demanding, vertical to slightly overhanging face climbs.
The terrain which challenges me the most: Powerful climbs with bad/slippery foot holds.
Favorite place(s): Any summit I am standing on.
What motivates me? The joy of movement and my never-ending motivation.
What a training week looks like: It doesn’t follow a certain plan. In summer, if the weather is nice, 2 times rock climbing on week ends and, work permitting, also one time rock climbing during the week, otherwise bouldering in the gym. In winter, whenever there is good (or at least enough) snow ski tours on the weekends. If there is sunshine and no snow, rock climbing on weekends and about 3 times climbing in the gym - mainly bouldering, sometimes also some routes.
Future goals: The to-do list is long: it definitely contains a lot of alpine climbing from Tyrol to Swizerland to distant destinations 
dreams: a free ascent of El Cap.

Anything else to get off your chest?   
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!


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