LOWA ACTIVE Team Nina Schlesener
A passion for ice
Nina – actually Christina – Schlesener is truly a child of the mountains. Raised in the Schneibsteinhaus, a cabin owned by her parents and located in the middle of the Berchtesgaden Alps, Nina formed an intensive, loving relationship with the mountains during the early part of her life. It’s hardly surprising that she took all the standard paths to the summits during her youth. Afterwards, she needed a new challenge – and, at the age of 18, she discovered her passion for climbing. At that point, her whole life turned vertical – and it’s stayed that way.
Nina’s love of the mountains and her home fuelled her desire at an early stage to turn her hobby into a profession and to become a mountain guide. She passed the entrance exam straight away, completed the training programme in a record time of two years and became Germany’s youngest and Berchtesgaden’s only officially certified mountain and ski guide.
During this time, her passion for climbing continued to intensify, and she dedicated herself to competitive ice climbing. She produced some amazing results in her very first competition, the Ice Climbing Festival in Kandersteg, Switzerland, in 2011. She finished third, behind the winner Ines Papert (a member of the LOWA PRO Team).
In addition to competitive and climbing adventures, Nina continues to focus primarily on the mountains and alpine challenges. Her book, “Meine schönsten Touren rund um Berchtesgaden/Berchtesgaden – My Most Beautiful Tours”, gives additional expression to her passion for the mountains and, in particular, her home.
Facts & figures
- Home base:
- Officially certified mountain and ski guide
- Favourite climbing site:
- Local mountain:
- 1,76 m
- 70 kg
Do you have a role model?
“Our good friend and faithful rope partner Stefan Glowacz. He is an adventurer whose passion for climbing burns like a fire in his soul and never goes out. His motivation, his team spirit and his empathy are really contagious. They turn each day of climbing into a unique experience.”
Do you have any tips for young climbers?
“Your athletic results should be secondary. You should think more about the adventure itself and the experience of being outdoors and having a great time with your friends. Friends are the most important part of life. Spending a day of climbing with your best friends is worth much more than simply thinking about climbing from an athletic perspective.”
My shoes for…
Winter mountaineering: ALPINE ICE GTX
“The ALPINE ICE GTX is my trusty companion in challenging mixed terrain in the Western Alps, and I love going on tour with mine.”
Mountain hiking: MAURIA GTX Ws
“It’s my favourite shoe when I am mountain hiking with clients and spending the whole day out in the field. Here I need good grip yet a soft, comfortable footbed.”