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Jens Holsten


Jens Holsten


Leavenworth, Washington

How did you start climbing?

I started climbing with my father in the mountains around my home.

How old were you when you started?

I was seven years old when I first went climbing.

What kind of climbing do you prefer?

I love all styles of climbing and enjoy combining the different disciplines in alpine terrain.

What is your favorite area?

Hard question! The peaks of Argentine Patagonia have excited me the most in the past few years.

What is your strongest climbing experience?

My first expedition to Alaska was especially formulative. My friend Max Hasson and I established several new routes on that trip, while surviving a few epic situations. I was hooked on alpine climbing after that!

What do you think is your best climbing success?

Even though I’ve climbed many new routes that were bigger or more exotic, making the first ascent of Let It Burn (a rock route in the Cascades near my home) stands out. It is truly a classic line that many people are repeating.

What are your best results in climbing competitions?

No results. I don’t compete.

What would you like to reveal about yourself?

I’m a pretty simple guy. Not sure I have anything to reveal besides what I’ve told you already!

What do you do in your free time?

I work! I make wine for a living.

What training do you do?

Most of my training is just going climbing, but I like to run too.

What does your training day look like?

On a normal day I might go for a run in the morning, work all day, and then go to the crag for the evening.

Who is your idol?

There are many climbers who have inspired me over the years. Paul Boving was a climber from Washington who had a true passion for the sport. His life was cut short many years ago when he died in a fall, but his spirit continues to motivate myself and others.

What are your plans for the future?

As always, I hope to discover objectives that inspire me and go do them!

Something about yourself?

I think I told you everything!

„Tied up“ on e-mail with TENDON.