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I’ve been climbing for over three decades now. Although it might be more appropriate to say I’ve always been climbing like almost every child. I’ve seen trends, people and style come and go. Climbing is never static in that way. I’ve been switching between the disciplines in climbing from trad and sport to big wall and ice but always stayed true to bouldering. I’ve been part of the Swedish Boulder team competing both in WC EM WM and nationals.
My feelings for climbing is the same now as for the very first day a took the stroll out to my home crag Utby. The feeling of pure freedom and happiness. Climbing is something utterly creative in many aspects. It could be the invention of a specific movement at the very moment or the dare and vision to see what is a possible line to climb. I’ve done or put up my fair share of first ascents, perhaps because I started climbing quite some time ago but mostly because I enjoy the process and discovering part of it. This was a privilege of starting early when the sport was not as crowded as now. This is not the same for younger generations but I think it is still possible to be creative.
Memorable climbs is always the ones in good company of friends or just alone with the biggest friend of all, nature. Nature is always a good listener who knows when to be quiet.
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Climbing to me when I was young was swinging my way up trees, stemming up a doorframe or the ascent of an especially slippery and steep snow slope. Growing up i played the usual sports such as football and hockey and It took me a great while to discover the world of Climbing. The diversity of climbing are endless! No rock, route, boulder or mountain are the same. You can travel all over the world to beautiful places way of the beaten tourist track and feel right at home with super friendly and equally psyched people form all over the world, the climbing community feels like a big family.
And the challenge, oh… This is something i’am deeply in love with! Climbing something you thought you couldn’t or wasn’t sure to do is one of the best feelings in the world.
I ran across this quote by Yosemite legend Pat Ament which sums up the beauty which lies in the challenge of climbing pretty well.
When you ride your bike, you’re working your legs, but your mind is on a treadmill. Playing chess, your mind is clicking along, but your body is stagnating. Climbing brings it together in a beautiful, magical way. The adrenaline is flowing, and it’s flowing all the time ~ Pat Ament.
I’m also studying to become a Physiotherapist and have taken the opportunity to combine my studies with climbing and doing competitions in bouldering and lead which I like quite a lot because it brings out a hundred-n-ten percent effort from my part and most of the time i end up surprising myself in a positive way (: Climbing outdoor for me is where i feel i belong the most and you would have a high chance of meeting me in our home crag Niemisel enjoying some of Swedens best granite climbing or out in the Northern woods searching for that perfect unclimbed boulder to brush up and climb!
Traveling is the only thing you pay for that makes you richer
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Hello! My name is Martin Jurander (37). I live with my son Oskar and Girlfriend Maria outside Arvika in Värmland.
I love to climb. Alone, together, outside, indoors, in sun, in snow, in the mountains, hang board or on boulders. No matter what. Climbing for me is a dance against gravity. Climbing is a big part of my life.
I never stopped climbing when I grew up. I climbed much on the Swedish west coast and started more seriously in 1993. Since then I’ve climbed as much as I can. I have never climbed anything that I didn’t like. All climbs have their beauty.
Some of my most memorable climbs (all time) are
- Heckmair route, Eiger, Nordwand
- Hokahey fritt (minus 10 m slem på slutet!) Kjerag
- Abstrakt, Hylteberget
- Galdhöppigen, Norway with my son
Much of my time now is spent on finding new boulders and routes close to home. I love the movement on rocks and how I can get into a zen like state when training to finish projects.
I love to see other finish their projects as much as I enjoy finish my own.
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Climbing is a big part of my life. I’ve been climbing for about six years, many hours a week. I’m a part of Team Sweden Climbing and that gives me the possibility to improve my climbing in many different ways. Being a part of the team is giving me a lot of climbing experiences, like trips all around the world, meetings with inspiring people, competitions, focus and training.
I’m glad I found climbing, because it fits my personality very well. It gives me the possibility to combine hard training, focus, problem solving and playfulness. It also gives me the opportunity to spend all my time out in the woods if I want!
I want to continue execute different climbing disciplines. I’m a fan of climbing outdoor, both sport, bouldering and traditional. I’m also a fan of competing in both lead and bouldering. Last, but not least, I’m a big fan of training indoor with my friends. I think the combination of these three keeps me both motivated and away from injuries, and I’ve figured out that these two elements are the most important for me. Both to improve my climbing, but also to make me happy, and that’s what counts, right?!
Our life is made for us to enjoy, and the world is our playground!
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