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LOWA PRO Team Yannick Glatthard

At home in the mountains

Yannick Glatthard was born on 14 January 1998 in the Swiss village of Meiringen. The beautiful Haslital valley in which it lies has never lost its fascination for him. For Yannick, Meiringen is the ideal starting point from which to set out on his many passions, which include climbing, paragliding, hiking, skiing and moun­tain­eering. It was obvious from a very early age that Yannick would one day be drawn to the mountains.

Today a trained mountain guide, he stood on skis for the first time at the age of two, at six he discovered the joy of climbing. It was merely a question of time before he began to try out other disciplines.

When he was thirteen, Yannick had his first shot at ice climbing – which he also liked very much. So, it was not long before his competitive spirit kicked in and he parti­cipated in various compet­itions around the globe with great success. His enthusiasm for mountain sports remains unbroken, and he can be found pursuing them in the mountains as much as possible, in summer or winter alike.

Facts & figures

Home base:
Mountain guide and climber

Yannick Glatthard,
What attracted you to mountain sports, and what made you choose them specifically, rather than something else?

“I stood on skis for the first time at the age of two, and at six I discovered climbing. When I got older, at the age of 13 to be exact, I tried out ice climbing. And I really liked that a lot too. What I love about mountain sports is that you can do something in every season; each time of the year has its own form of exercise.”

Do you have a role model?

“Yes, my first climbing instructor. In my opinion, anyone can train children – but being able to make it such a joyful experience, that they are still climbing 20 years later, is not to be taken for granted.”

How has sport changed your life?

“For me, as a child, sport was a great chance to get to know new people and places. It was exciting, everything was unfa­miliar, and a lot was going on. Today, sports have much more to do with the mental challenge involved. You have to make decisions, sometimes in a split second. Through mountain sports, I became inde­pendent at an early age and learned to take respons­ibility.”

How do you prepare for your exped­itions? Do you have a special ritual?

“I’ve always had different rituals at the compet­itions. For example, I always wrote my goals on my gloves.

And on big tours, I listen a lot to my gut feeling. Usually only a few people know about my projects, because as soon as there is a lot of hype about an upcoming project, I quickly start to feel uncom­fortable.”

What do you always take along with you on your exped­itions or tours? What could you never do without? Perhaps something totally unusual?

“Footwear from Lowa.

And my girl­friend gave me a chain with an ice pick pendant for my birthday which I take everywhere with me; it’s my lucky charm.”

What were your greatest sporting successes (e.g. in compet­itions, exped­itions, ascents)?

“In the case of compet­itions, it was most certainly the three Junior World Cham­pi­onship titles, and the World Cup victories in ice climbing.

In mixed climbing, it was doing the most difficult mixed route in America (Saphira M15) onsight in North America.

In the discipline of alpinism, I’ve had several victories, as already mentioned above: for example the crossing of the Zinnen, and the “Best of Grimsel” project.

For me, however, sporting success also includes other things, such as coming home healthy and happy in one piece. It’s just as important to cancel a project if something is not right.”

And last but not least: which place should everyone have seen at least once in their lives?

“The Engel­hörner mountain range in the beautiful Haslital Valley.”