Tjark Maaß

„ My name is Tjark Maaß and I am a (currently) 16-year-old climber from Oldenburg. I have been doing this sport for about 7 years now and have also been competing for quite some time. I have been a member of the German junior squad since 2020 and in August 2021 I moved to the 1st FC Köln sports boarding school to train here on site with some of the best athletes and coaches in the country under the best possible conditions. I really invest a lot of time and energy in my sport, day after day. Besides all that, I go to a high school in Cologne at the same time and try to experience as much of "normal" teenage life as possible in the time I have left. “

Achievements Comps

  • 2nd Place Selection Comp EYC 2020, Nürnberg
  • 19th Place German Championships Bouldering (Opens), Bochum, 2021
  • 6th Place North East German Championships Lead(Opens), Göttingen, 2021
  • 4 times Northern German Champion (3 x Bouldering; 1 x Lead)
  • Various top-5 results at the German Youth Cup Series 2019-2021

Achievements Outdoors

  • So far, unfortunately, I haven't gotten much rock climbing done besides all the training and competitions, but getting out on the rock more often is definitely very high on my to-do list.
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about Mantle

„ Good chalk is essential for good grip. In climbing, good grip is incredibly important because holding on to holds is one of the most basic and perhaps the most characteristic skill you need in climbing. It doesn't matter how advanced you are or what holds you pull on: Without good chalk, it is much harder. But if the route or boulder is at your personal limit anyway, you take away the chance to push yourself to your own limits. With Mantle Chalk, I have found the chalk that gives me the best grip and allows me to push my limits the furthest. “

Questions to Tjark

What do you usually do in your spare time?

Of course, I spend most of my free time training. Normally, there is almost no time for anything else during the week besides training and school, but when I have a little more time, I like to meet friends, go for walks and get to know Cologne better.

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

At my very first North German Championship I came 3rd in the closed classification, but as someone from another state won, I was 4th in the open classification. However, I didn't know about different classifications at the time and, thinking I wasn't on the podium, I missed the award ceremony and promptly received my first official yellow card at my first official competition.

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

First and foremost, of course, to stay in the sport. Later, I would like to start World Cups and see in which direction it goes. After my competition career, I want to go rockclimbing more and climb difficult and inspiring boulders. A lot can always happen at competitions. I have pretty specific goals in mind, but for now I don't want to put any extra pressure on myself.

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