Martin Tekles

„ On the one side climbing is the opposite pole to real life for me, being able to switch off, leave studies or work behind me and to just live the moment, whether in training or in nature. On the other side the challenge you have in a tour, a boulder or in the daily training appeals to me. Climbing is such a complex sport, so it is never boring because there is always something you can improve. “

Achievements Comps

  • 2nd Place Austria Climbing Summer Series 2020
  • Southern German Champion Lead 2018, 2020
  • 9th Place Lead World Cup Wujiang (China) 2017
  • 13th Place Lead World Cup Xiamen (China) 2017
  • German Vice Champion Lead 2013, 2016

Achievements Outdoors

  • Sport climbing
  • Sanjski par extension (9a), Osp, Slowenien
  • Pure Dreaming (9a), Arco, Italien
  • Underground (8c+/9a), Arco, Italien
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about Mantle

„ Without Chalk I wouldn't be able to climb a single meter. Due to a tender skin resulting in sweaty hands I am dependant on chalk that I can fully trust: Mantle-Chalk. It combines ideal consistency, neither too fine nor too chunky and the ideal dryness for absolute friction on the holds. At comps in particular you need chalk you cn rely on and for me that is definitley Mantle-Chalk. “

Questions to Martin

What do you usually do in your spare time?

Currently I define time without training as spare time. So there is lots to do such as studying for uni, spending time in the nature, lots of organisational stuff and thinking about training and climbing :)

Give us a fun fact about you or a remarkable experience in your climbing career.

Well, that is kind of funny and the first time I am actually sharing this. At my first Bouldering Championship in Überlingen at Bodensee in 2010 which was my second year of doing the whole comp thing I truly lacked comp experience. When I approched the last boulder I had the opportunity to win if I sent it in my first attempt. Well, there were red and blue holds though. At lead comps the rule was that you were only allowed to use of one colour so that is what I did in this boulder as well. I struggled so hard only using the red holds although there was a big blue hold right in front of me. Anyways, I could have done it in my first shot but this way I came third. Now I know: use everything the wall offers you.

What are your long term and/or short term goals?

A long-term goal for me is to constantly work on myself to improve my strengths and reduce my weaknesses. Short-term goals are some projects and as the list gets longer and longer, there are probably some on it that can soon be called long-term ;) Currently, these include: "White Rose" 9a at Schleierwasserfall, "Om" 9a in Berchtesgaden and "Eagle-4" 9b in St. Léger.

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