Imagine you feel like no one could stop you. You have the optimal skill set and the ambition to overcome any obstacles and reach your full potential. Imagine you know the positive feeling of taking your body to its limits: day in, day out. Imagine you can asses development and planning as precise as a failure, and it’s possible consequences. You never lose faith in yourself. All these qualities climbers find within themselves. All the intense situations they face and the challenges they master make them who they are. Sport is second to no one when it comes to uniting physical and mental strength.
Strength, concentration and ability – the trinity that takes you to the top
Climbing means overcoming gravity in the first place because it uses all the strength it has to pull everything towards earth while we are on our way to the top. There are few or no sports that symbol a better full-body-workout as the complex peak performance. We bend and stretch. We turn in, cross-step, hold ourselves, pull our body up the mountain using our legs to stabilize and push. Everything is under tension: hands, hands, and hands again – shoulders, arms, legs, our legs, and core. Climbers usually gain exceptional talents in balance and coordinates, using them not only in the steep face but also in their everyday life.
Climbing enlightens the spirit. Concentration and coordination are two essential factors of successful peak performance. Through creative movements and solution development in high physical and psychological demand self-assessment and response-assets develop further than usual. Another benefit: after a mastered climb and the peak experience climbers already take in the strength for the challenges ahead. Climbing promotes willpower.
More than a Manager Sport
What kind of people is chasing those hights? Some might mean it is a sport for success-obsessed Hedgefonds managers and people working in upper-management that are always looking for challenges to proof something. One glance at the local boulder-scene tells another story: it is a sport filled with diversity and a lot of social competence. Everyone helps each other figuring out routes – an open and friendly community. Climbing is a sport that supports our physical and mental well-being and gives us the warmth of a functioning social microstructure. But it is even more than that.
We all know the pictures of peak performers staring towards impressive mountain ranges and deep valleys. We all can yearn for those views and to stand with those people on mountain tops but to reach them through our efforts makes the selection. To climb a mountain takes a lot of resources, starting with time and physical exertion. Once we reach the peak, the actual view through our own eyes reaches a new level of beauty. Mountains take us into a world of unique sceneries of the raw and undisciplined nature – a view demonstrating with grace why we should take care of our environment.
Mountains do not only demonstrate the beauty and importance of nature but teach us many things along the way. Climbing and mountaineering teach us about patience. At some days like in regular business, we are not fitted to overcome obstacles. We accept it due to our prior experiences and try to reach our goal again on the next day, or we go back to figure out a new way to accomplish our goals. We become more persevering, more thankful and humble at times. When the view is not scenic due to bad weather we always have the assurance to feel accomplishment climbing to the peak. Through climbing and reaching goals with fellow climbers, we become better people: thanks to mountain power!
Free-Solo-Pro turned legend
A positive nature is a prerequisite for success in climbing. No one that does not believe in their capabilities will make it to the top. In the summer of 2017 free solo climber Alex Honnold delivers a manifest of positivity. Free soloing means climbing without any ropes – no safety, no lifelines. It took him years to prepare for free soloing El Capitan, a famous rock in the width of Yosemite National Park, California. 1,000 meter vertical and only small crevices and ledges to hold on – goosebumps guaranteed. We let Alex speak for himself as he explained his efforts in a Ted Talk some time ago.
Photographers at the limit
Many of our photographers follow the call for an adventure in the mountains with varying levels. Some do the vertical extremes while others capture the beautiful landscape during a moderate mountain hike. Both are delivering the stuff that wonderful outdoor productions are made off. We put together the highlights of our peak performers in a breathtaking lightbox.