At age 7 Klemen tried to climb for the first time and since then all he wanted to do was to climb. Soon he joined the competition group and started to train more seriously and with age 14 he started with international competitions on the Slovenian Youth team. He had many good results and at age 15 he became world youth champion. In the big competitions it was a little harder and he had to fight from the back of the rankings and in the year 2008 he finally got to the top of the podium on World cup competition in Kranj, Slovenia. In bouldering World cups he got two second places in year 2009.
More important for him than competitions was always rock climbing outside and he spends as much time as possible in nature. On sight is his favorite thing and in 2004 he did his 1st 8b+ on sight. Many other hard routes followed with the hardest one Siempre se Puede Hacer Menos (https://vimeo.com/117570995) where he did on sight first ascent graded first 8c+ and later downgraded to “only” 8c after finding easier way out at the top. Klemen doesn’t like to spend much time working the routes but he still managed to do some 9a’s with the hardest one being Water World in Osp (http://kbecan.blogspot.com/2014/03/big-project-osp.html) where he had to approach with the kayak or later on Tyrolean traverse. At the moment he’s putting a lot of energy into bolting new routes all over the world and of course climbing them after.
Number one song played on your ipod? – No ipod no mp3 player. I prefer sound of nature ☺
Favorite pair of Evolvs? – Pontas
Winter or Summer? – Spring and Autumn
What’s in your fridge right now? – Good food and beer
Favorite Movie? – Crank
What did you dress up as last Hallowen? – Climber. Like every day
Lifetime climbing goals? – Onsight 9a and climb until I’m 95 years old
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? – Fall from any height without getting hurt
If you won the lottery what’s the first thing you would do? – Bolt a new project
No gas or no food? – No food of course. You can get anywhere without food. Without gas… you need food for energy to get there.??
What would you name the autobiography of your life? – Climber
What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever received? – life
Do you have a spirit animal? – Google says Wolf but I always wanted to be a big bird (for the personality he says I’m Hummingbird. Why not).
What is your first memory of being really psyched? – First day of climbing
What did you want to be when you grew up? – What I am at the moment (I don’t think this will ever happen anyway☺)
What would you want for your last meal? – I don’t want to have last meal