Chiara is German climber based in the Frankenjura. Despite starting out as a competition climber, she is now devoted to real rock and is best known for her sport climbing proficiency. In 2019 she became the first German woman to climb 9a, as well as the first woman to climb a 9a in Germany. Now, she focuses on the wealth of world-class climbing on her doorstep, as well as other challenging lines around Europe.
Chiara, who grew up in Nuremburg, started climbing in 2006, at the age of 13. After undergoing shoulder surgery to treat an injury she acquired wakeboarding, she was encouraged by doctors to try climbing as a means of strengthening her arm and shoulder. Her parents took her to a beginner’s course and in the following months she climbed regularly with her family.
Despite initially planning to return to wakeboarding, within a year Chiara was climbing in regional youth competitions and later started training with a youth training group. Progression was quick, driven in part by competition fever. In 2009 she became Bavarian Youth Champion, claimed two podium finishes in the German Cup and competed in her first European Youth Cup. The following year saw her become German Youth Bouldering Champion and Bavarian Women’s Champion.
“I have always been an ambitious person and even as a child I had the ambition very early with sports to do it as hard as I could,” says Chiara. “That was of course a reason for me to start climbing competitions and to train for them.”
Despite this ambition and early successes, Chiara admits that she had to work hard at competitive climbing. This made winning the German Women’s cup in 2013 a special event for her.
“I had to compete hard from the beginning to get chances on the national team,” says Chiara. “I trained a lot for that and spent a lot of energy. Competitive climbing had never really been my thing and I was able to prove to myself that you can also master things that don't fall into your lap because of willpower.”