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Patrik Aufdenblatten

Biography

Patrik Aufdenblatten was born in Zermatt, a little town in Switzerland surrounded by mountains. During his childhood he was already fascinated by mountaineering and skiing. At the age of eight Patrik climbed a 4100m high mountain, six years later he ascented the Matterhorn via the Hörnli ridge for the first time.

During his education, Patrik spent a lot of time with sport and ice climbing. He succeeded to climb a few 8b+ and ice falls grated WI6+. By and by Patrik got into mixed and crack climbing as well as big walls.

In 2007 the 19 year old could freeclimb 'Freerider' at El Cap, Yosemite. With this achievement he was the youngest ever to do a free ascent at the El Cap.

Because of extensive training in mixed areas, Patrik managed to climb many M11 and was one of the strongest in the ice climbing world cups.

In 2009 he finished the commercial school and started the formation as a ski instructor. Therefore, he had enough time to travel. In Gritstone, Patrik climbed a lot of easy lines. After this he visited Indian Creek where he could climb many classic routes such as Air Sweden(R5.13) Less than zero (5.13-) and others.