Heiko is one of the most innovative and creative climbers around. His drive for first ascents is truly astounding and, thus far, his passion for exploration shows no sign of abating.
Home is Gräfenberg, right in the heart of the beautiful Frankenjura in Germany. He was born in 1981 and started climbing at the age of 14. Heiko was initially absorbed by classic alpine routes, but after a few years the lure of bouldering and sport climbing became too much. He found that the intense fingery climbing of his local area suited him well; as Heiko puts it himself: "My thick fingers fit the Frankenjura pockets perfectly!"
Spotting and climbing new lines is a particular talent of Heiko's and has lead him to establish a staggering number of new boulder problems and routes in the Frankenjura. At last count the figure was around 2500 new boulder problems and 350 new routes. Heiko likes to search out new projects when he is travelling too—his tally of first ascent boulder problems abroad (particularly at one of his favourite places, Ticino, Switzerland) is equally remarkable and currently stands at around 250.
"Ever since I started bouldering I am looking for new projects, new lines, new first ascents,” says Heiko. “I started with sport climbing and bouldering and have been moving on to trad/clean climbing and highball bouldering. My motivation for setting up new routes is also to leave something of value behind, to move into the unknown, to create and establish routes and boulders worth repeating."