Alba Alonso

Alba Alonso

SPORT CLIMBER, NATURE LOVER & RESIDENT OF THE MAGICAL MOUNTAIN

7c climber from Barcelona, Spain

She spends most of her free time on rocks in Montserrat and all around Spain and Europe

Ambassador of wearing helmet while climbing #helmetissexy

SHOOT A QUESTION

  • I was born: in Barcelona
  • I’ve been climbing since: I discovered climbing in 2017 but I started to go climbing on rocks in the 2019th summer
  • I have climbed on rocks: 7c
  • I have climbed on boulders: 6c
  • With a mattress or with a rope? With a rope, I always say that If I take off my harness I lose my power.
  • Good conditions in winter or a good time in summer? Good conditions in winter, but...I prefer spring and autumn
  • In the valley or the mountains? In the valley
  • Alone or in a group? Always in a group
  • Edge or Sloper? I’m better in Sloper but I love challenging myself so, both
  • Static or dynamic? Static
  • Practice or OS? I enjoy both of them
  • Flannel shirt or T-shirt? T-shirt or top

6 QUESTIONS FOR ALBA

1. If you could only go to one area, what would it be?
I love Montserrat, it’s my home crag and it’s called the Magical Mountain. It’s perfect.

2. Which route "punished" you the most and which one was so good that it surprised you?
Punished... maybe a 7b+ that I sent the last year. I was trying in summer (with temperatures above 40º) and it was impossible because the route has a very tinny crimper. I have to wait for lower temperatures. The route that surprised me, was a 7b in Vilanova de Meià, with a 45 overhang and very very polished (I hate the polished routes). But the moves are amazing.

3. What OS do you value the most?
One of my first 7a+ OS (Menganos in Montserrat), was a little overhanging and I fought with it because it’s not my style.

​​​​​​4. Do you have a precise training plan, or do you stick to the motto "the best climbing training is climbing"? 
I have a coach to train in winter.

5. What about your diet, rest, and compensatory exercise?
What has worked well for you? I’m a yoga lover, so I practice 1-2 times per week. It’s the best option for me to avoid injuries. Also, I’m vegetarian and I have a sport focused diet to fuel my body correctly.

6. Would you eventually like to try other climbing disciplines that you haven't tried much yet (races, multi-pitch climbing, winter mountains, etc.)?
Yes! Multi-pitch climbing is very funny!

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