In 1992, a trip around the world changed his focus on climbing from numbers, ratings and competitions to adventure. Toni began to concentrate more on the climbing experience, the personal limits and the forces of nature. He felt fortunate that his climbing trips allowed him to visit many climbing areas in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. He feels it is important to immerse himself into the different cultures and take advantage of his opportunities.
About that same time, Toni began to work with handicapped children and found that learning from this very special group of people gave his life a completely new source of motivation. So while still addicted to climbing, he began to focus more on his studies & teaching children. Toni finished his studies in 1999 and passed the Staatsexamen, a German government licensing examination. That was a busy year as he also released his first book, “Climbing with Mentally Retarded People” and began to work as a teacher for “troubled kids” in Munich.
Toni has played in 3 bands, still loves adventure climbing, bouldering and finding beautiful spots for deep water soloing. He feels lucky to have been on the road for so many years always climbing with nice people. He also continues to be inspired by untouched rock in a fascinating landscape and climbing with good friends. Besides climbing, Toni likes surfing, skiing, playing music and of course spending time with his lovely wife Margit.
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1. prAna gear you can’t live without?
Axiom Jean, Mojo Short, Crocheted Beanie and a Plaid chalk bag.
2. What you would do (activity/career) if you didn’t climb/BASE
Surfing or start climbing…
3. Earliest memory?
Sitting on the shoulders of my father….
4. Childhood obsession?
Climbing on trees.
5. Herbivore or Carnivore?
6. Favorite place in the world?
Home or somewhere with good friends on the road…
7. Favorite TV Show?
8. Favorite Movie?
9. Favorite Book?
John Gill: Master of Rock.
10. Hobby? (other than climbing/BASE/wingsuit)
11. What is your morning routine?
Toilet, coffee, cheesebread, teeth brushing.
12. What do you sleep in?
A prAna-Shirt or nothing.
13. What is the longest you’ve gone without a shower?
14. Talent no one knows about?
15. Motto/quote to live by?
Geht scho, druck oooo….
16. Who inspires you?
Everyone, who is satisfied with his life and doesn’t harm anyone…
17. If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
Buddha and I would just listen to him…
18. If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take with you?
Water, water and a satellite phone.
19. What community organizations/non-profits are you involved in?
Helping handycapped children climbing, helping ADHS-kids in school and being the chairman of the expedition ressort for the German Alpine Club
20. Why are you a prAna ambassador?
Maybe they like what I’m doing?