LOWA PRO Team Ines Papert
With LOWA on ice
After Ines Papert completed her physiotherapist training in 1993 and moved from her native state of Saxony in eastern Germany to Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, she quickly realized that her new surroundings offered much, much more than winter skiing pleasure. She soon discovered her passion for the mountains and, above all, ice climbing. Ines launched her professional career after winning the Ice Climbing World Cup in 2001 and went on to win four world championship titles in subsequent years.
She also began to feel at home not only on ice, but also on the face of mountains. So in 2003, Ines ascended the Symphonie de Liberté on the north face of the Eiger in one day. She ended her competitive career in 2006 and has devoted herself primarily to tours and expeditions since then. Ines trains in very different ways for each particular project. For high-altitude tours, she likes to train by taking her paraglider to the top and get acclimated to the altitude. In preparing for tough routes on rock, she prefers low-structure rock faces.
But the athlete describes the birth of her son, Emanuel, in 2000 as the crowning achievement of her life. In her book “Im Eis” (On the Ice), she describes the balancing act of being a mother and a professional climber and how she found her way on the steepest routes.
Facts & figures
- Home base:
- Trained physiotherapist
- Favourite climbing site:
- Local mountain:
- 1,70 m
- 58 kg
How has the sport changed your life?
“The mountains threw my life in a completely different direction. I used to be a classic “sports denier” – I certainly had a certain genetic potential for sports – but I was just too lazy to ever try to tap it.”
How do you shake off your own laziness and do your training?
“I look for motivated training partners. This is a big help to me. And I set a goal! That’s how you know what all of the trouble is about.”
What do you always take along with you on your expeditions?
“For life in the base camp, I always take along a pillowcase. I can stuff my down jacket into it and make a soft pillow.”