Štefan Bednár

Year of birth: 1990

Place of stay: Kezmarok, SVK

Years climbing: since I was 14 - 15 years old

Specialization: lead, boulder

Štefan´s climbing diary at 8a.nu can be seen here. His facebook is here.

Favourite products: Ocun clothing, Ozone, Oxi, Incubator

When did you start climbing and who with?

With dad, local rocks and climbing trips. 

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it?

Stygian. Once upon a time, when I was devoting myself to online sports such as Counter Strike and Warcraft 3.

Hardest and most valuable sends:

  • Sanjski Par extension 9a, Osp - impossible became real
  • boulders on fair 8A+ level of power

If you didn´t climb, what would you probably do with your life?

I´d do some other sport.

What is your favourite place in the world?

Hmm, it´s hard to say, probably Višňové, it has the most beautiful atmosphere for me.

What do you like the most about climbing?

I like the feeling of being in good shape, fresh, with good skin. When I feel like this and the conditions are also perfect, everything goes easily, even if it´s actually hard and I feel really lightweight.

How long was your longest fall, when and where did it happen?

  • 15 meters in the route Oktoberfest, Osp, it ended with the injury of heel
  • groundfall from 5 metres in the route Sanski par, but it was softened by belayer, so it was ok
  • and recently in he route Underground - 6 meters, groundfall, I ended on my bum, luckily in a steep slope, only the Mánia pants were damaged, nothing happened to me

Are you scared of falling?

The higher above the ground I am, the more I´m scared. I don´t like falling also because I don´t like puling myself up with the help of rope - it´s hurting the skin.

Are you scared of anything else?

Various unpredictable things, beasts and snakes.

What is your ape index?

Pretty small, I guess about 1.90 meter armspan.