Guido Unterwurzacher Interview
Climber, mountain guide, mountain rescue
Climber, mountain guide, mountain rescue
Name Guido Unterwurzacher
Date of birth September 26th, 1984
Place of birth Kitzbuehel
Profession Climber, mountain guide, mountain rescue
Place of residence St.Johann in Tirol
What’s your favorite spot/location to be active?
Nature! I love to play with the Elements Rock, Ice, Snow and Air. In Summer the best thing I can think of is to climb at Wilder Kaiser,(my home area), or the Dolomites. I love to climb classic, adventurous lines, those are the days I remember for the longest time. For me the most fun is to share great moments in the mountains with good friends.
How do you prepare for a project/contest?
At first I have to get aware of the project and when that happens, I get so motivated that I really want to do it. And if I really want something, then I know automatically what to do to get it. Motivation is one of the most important aspects for me, the rest follows. Motivation, Inspiration and a strong will, then everything is possible.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
My biggest accomplishments, I would say, are the climbs, days and adventures, which I remember the most. These great experiences are the base for my motivation, to always be able to come back to the Mountains and have fun being out there. My Highlights in climbing were for sure the ascents of my first 8b routes when I was 14 years old, the first ascents of “Feuertaufe” 8b/8b+ and “Donnervogel” 8b together with Alex Huber in Lofer, the third repetition of “Des Kaisers neue Kleider” 8b+ at Wilder Kasier, the onsight ascent of the legendary “Fish” 7b at Marmolada, the onsight ascent of the “Phantom” 7c at the North Face of the Grande Cima in the Tre Cime, climbing my first 8c+ Route at Schleierwasserfall, the fast ascents of Aguja Poincenot, Cerro Standhardt and Fitz Roy in Patagonia.
In life it is for sure my girlfriend.
What are your next goals related to your sport?
This summer we plan an Expedition to Pakistan for six weeks. Together with four good friends I want to have a good time at the area around Great Trango Tower. Objectives like Nameless Tower, Trango Monk and other unnamed Towers, with perfect golden Granite wait for us to be climbed. Keep your fingers crossed for us… Till then I want to stay fit and motivated and do cool Stuff around my home.
Who do you look up to, who motivates you?
All the people that are motivated to the last piece of their body, people who live their dreams and love what they do. And people who understand to inspire others to overcome their boundaries.
Who is your favorite guy to hang out with/be active with?
I love to hang out with all friends and guys who are freaks like me. I am in the lucky position that around my home area there is a great scene of motivated young and old guys. One of them is Alex Huber. He is like an uncle for me and I’ve known him since I was a child. He is always motivated to do thrilling first ascents and he knows how to celebrate a cool day. Markus Bendler, one of my best friends, is maybe the same kind of freak as I am. He is motivated for everything just like me. In Summer we did a lot of Downhill biking and Mountain Bike Races together, that’s not our usual terrain but it´s cool to follow your inner flow and to do things you are really motivated to do, no matter if it´s climbing, mountaineering, biking, skydiving or just hanging out at the lake. Beat Kammerlander is also one of the persons I like to spend time with.
What’s your ‘2nd‘ sport?
My 2nd Sport I would say is Freeriding. In summer I love to ride my downhill bike and to find new trails with my buddies. In winter the coolest thing for me is to hike up somewhere with my skies and throw myself down an untracked white powder face. That’s balm for the soul, I think.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a day off?
On days off in summer I like to hang out at the “Hintersteiner See” read a good book and have a barbecue at night with my friends. In winter I would sit around in the sauna and sweat my ass off ;-).
What’s your favorite adidas product and why?
The Terrex Primaloft Jacket! Buy it then you know why!!! Style, Comfort and Function is just great.
What’s your favorite food?
Tiroler Gröstl, Schnitzl, Kaspressknedl.