Image photo with the ROCKET, Bild Update Martin Feistl 2019

LOWA ACTIVE Team Martin Feistl

The passion of climbing

Martin Feistl is a dyed-in-the-wool moun­taineer. The geography student was raised in the Ammersee lake region southwest of Munich. But it wasn’t water sports that got his juices flowing. Rather, it was wide world of climbing that caught his eye. It really didn’t matter what type of climbing was involved: ice climbing or sports climbing, moun­tain­eering or exped­itions involving climbing.

It all began for the Augsburg resident in a climbing garden that he regularly visited with his parents. Step by step, he added more alpine-like routes and tours. On his 14th birthday in 2010, he climbed an unknown six-thou­sander in Ladakh. He has partic­ularly strong memories of climbing Petit Dru by taking the Allain- Leininger” route. “We had to deal with winter weather here, ” he says. “Things were so bad we had to climb everything wearing crampons until we were four pitches below the summit – plus we had an unplanned sitting bivouac – and we did it all without using a cable car, ” he explains.

Another highlight in his already huge moun­tain­eering portfolio is his reaching the summit of the Indian Matterhorn, the Shivling (6,543 metres), in autumn 2018. During this climb, he and his companions even stopped by a cloister in Dehra Dun to present the chil­dren’s aid organ­isation KENIAL with warm clothing and shoes for the children who live in the cloister – it was a very special experience for him.

Facts & figures

Birthday:
16.08.1996
Birthplace:
Weilheim
Home base:
Augsburg
Profession:
student
Favourite climbing site:
Konstein
Local mountain:
Colodri in Arco
Size:
1,81 m
Weight:
71 kg

Martin Feistl,
What has been your climbing highlight up to now?

“I try to take on a wide range of things. For this reason, I have a hard time coming up with one particular highlight. But I cannot forget the time I climbed the Petite Dru by taking the “Allain Leiniger” route. The winter weather was so bad that we had to use crampons until we were four pitches below the summit. It was also a climb that included an unplanned sitting bivouac, and we did it all without using a cable car.”

What are your athletic goals?

“In athletic climbing, and partic­ularly in multi-pitch climbs, I have various dreams involving the 10th grade of difficulty. I also think about big modern combined tours in places like Chamonix. Right now, though, I’m focusing on places that are (more or less) right outside the front door.”

Do you have any tips for young climbers?

“Use every chance you have to live your passion in the way that you want and don’t feel bad about doing so.”

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