Maciek is a talented young Polish climber who has hit exceptional form in recent years. His passion for climbing runs deep and is matched by a strong desire to keep on improving. He has already redpointed 8c and onsighted 7c+. He has also excelled on the Polish competition scene.
Maciek was born in Warsaw in 1994 and started climbing when he was 12 years old.
“My father took me to the Polish rock area, Jura," says Maciek. "There I met some interesting people and got to like climbing very much. From the very beginning I treated climbing as my biggest passion.”
There are no crags within easy striking distance of Warsaw, so Maciek became a regular visitor to the indoor climbing walls.
Aside from his dad, Maciek was helped by a number of older climbers, inlcuding Małgorzata Kusztelak and later Jakub Ziółkowski.
In his first season Maciek started slowly and was only top roping up to 6a. He soon stepped up a gear though and took on more challenging routes.
“From the second season I started gradually improving my achievements in the Polish Jura," recalls Maciek. "I remember that I got really happy when I sent Polak Musi—my first 7a+—in 2009. After a year I sent Porozmawiajmy o Kobietach—my first 7c—which earlier had looked for me impossible to climb. Then in 2011 I did Aleja Zasłużonych, 8a+.“
In 2012, at the age of 18, Maciek found himself drawn to the world famous sport climbing cliffs of Spain:
“I flew to Rodellar and spent about one month in this beautiful village. The place was a little bit magic for me. I hadn’t seen any rock so huge and overhanging until this moment. The routes were very long and my endurance left a lot to be desired, but after a month of climbing I did a little progress and managed to do Philippe Cuisinere 8b/+.”
Another highlight of the year was Władca Pierścieni at Okiennik Wielki in Poland, his first 7c+ flash. He also redpointed two 8a+s and seven 8as.