Fjell /fjelː/ f n (definite fjellędative fjellęn or fjellęɳ) – A mountain, chain or ridge. A mountain is a large landform that rises above the surrounding land in a limited area.

Athlete /ˈaθliːt/ nA person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. A person who is is researching the performance in terms of physical strength, speed or endurance by extensive physical training.

5 principal factors aftects our performance:

  • PHYSICAL CAPACITIES: Is our body, the engine. It is build by Genetics, Training , Nutrition, Resting. The Physical Capacities are the speed, endurance, strenght, injuries, altitude adaptation… we have.
  • TECHNICAL CAPACITIES: Is how we can use our body. We move-it in a determinate way using the Techniques , biomechanics, experience and knowledge. Technical Abilities are the free climbing, ice climbing, mixt or dry and ad climb dificulties we are able to perform.
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS: Is how we drive the body. It comes from otivation, focus, pain management… and it is build in our story, influences
  • STRATEGY: Is how we will use all the factors to give the best performance. From pacing, to searching a route, logistics, adaptation to weather, decision taking…
  • GEAR and equipment: Is the extermal help we will have, the adaptation to the gear and how we use-it.


A mountain athlete is someone who do activities in the mountains with a performance prespective. Mountaineering is a very complexe activity, that can involve many sports and disciplines, from climbing to running, skiing, paragliding, iceclimbing… and so the preparation is very complexe. It requires Physical Capacities and Technical abilities. And also creativity to find the way of Exploration and mental strenght to accept the Exposure.

The Exploration is all the work and creativity to do a project, if is a virgin terrain or a virgin region, a new route or a new idea.

The Exposure is the risk and compromise we want to accept and how we manage it. It comes from the style we use, the support we have, the remoteness of the place we are and the communication we have and possibilities of rescue or evacuation. The season, the weather and the objective risks of the place where we do our activity.