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LOWA CLIMBING Team Emma Lorenz

A life-altering decision

Emma Lorenz had no idea in 2013 how one simple decision would change the course of her life in such a big way. Emma, who was 12 at the time, was looking for something new to do. So she ventured off one day with her mother on an athletic excursion – a climbing outing, to be exact. She had hardly pulled on her shoes and begun hanging on the wall when it dawned on her: This was her life. The foundation of a climbing career had just been laid. Just one year later, Emma entered the female C youth competition of the North Rhine-West­phalia Overall Cup and won first place. Other successes followed. In 2015, she finished fourth in the female B youth competition of the first open NRW state cham­pi­onship in boul­dering. She then made it to the podium in the second round held in June 2015. A year later, the climber in the Rhineland-Cologne team of the German Alpine Asso­ciation captured two podium places and was named the western German champion in the overall competition. She began 2017 by finishing third in the open NRW cham­pi­onships in boul­dering, behind her training partner and LOWA CLIMBING team colleague Luisa Flohé.

Facts & figures

Home base:
Secondary-school student
Favourite climbing site:
Franconian Jura, Sardinia, Teneriffa
Local mountain:
1,73 m
60 kg

Emma Lorenz,
What has been your climbing highlight up to now?

“There are, of course, many small high­lights. But one that partic­ularly stands out was in Sicily. I was there over New Year’s Eve 2019/2020. At a climbing spot there you had a breath­taking view of the entire city. The routes were really beautiful, lots of tufa – I really enjoyed climbing the routes. We were on the rock for a long time on 31 December. Some of the locals had already started celeb­rating the New Year’s Eve and we were able to enjoy the view from above, espe­cially the fireworks.

A highlight in competitive climbing is that I qualified for all the German cham­pi­onships in boul­dering in the last three years. I espe­cially enjoyed the cham­pi­onship in Berlin.”

Do you have any tips for young climbers?

“Make as many different moves as possible. That’s how you also learn different route setting styles and build up a wide range of moves. It’s also enjoyable to climb with other people in a group, because everyone has different solutions and moves, so you can explain your own beta to each other and learn patterns that you might not have come up with on your own. Besides, it’s just a lot of fun.”

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What attracted you to moun­tain­eering, and what made you specifically decide to pursue it?

“I wanted to try out something new when I was 13. I wasn’t interested in dancing or chil­dren’s gymnastics any more. So I came up with climbing through my mother. She used to climb a lot in Frankenjura. We then went to a climbing hall for the first time. After I’d climbed a few times I didn’t want to stop. I gradually started with my first compet­itions. I remember how I simply signed up on the Internet for a C youth state cham­pi­onship – I hadn’t even told my mother about it and had no idea at all about how it was all run. That was how it took off. I just love climbing, because it’s so varied. There are usually several betas for a boulder or a lead route. It’s always a real challenge for me to find my own solutions.

Besides, for me personally there’s nothing better than to go boul­dering outside with friends and spend a wonderful day there.”

What does happiness mean to you?

“Climbing. When, for example, after long planning, I achieve my project or when I’ve completed a cool competition climb where I was able to draw on all my skills to perfection.

I also feel happiness when my family and friends are doing well. And, through a number of climbing injuries I’ve had so far, happiness now also means being healthy myself.”