Mina Markovic, the muscle of the mind
Yeah but I actually didn’t start so young as many, many kids are starting now. I first met with climbing when I was 10 or 11 years old.
Yeah, but there in my town it was actually the first climbing wall that was in this town and nobody did climbing, nobody did know nothing about climbing so first 3 years it was actually nothing.
Yeah, then we get to the national team and then we met with others, exchange the experiences or maybe for the weekends move to other part of Slovenia or to national training so it was easier everything with time.
Actually it was really, really long because at the beginning, like I said, I started as a kid and there wasn’t any coaches in my town because nobody didn’t know nothing about climbing. It was just one guy that came from the Alpinism and he knew how to belay us, for nine months we climbed same routes that was all what we have on our big climbing wall which was 8 metres height and 4 metres wide.
Yeah, I really liked it. Totally liked it! And then some guys from main town (Ljubljana) came to our town and started to help and after a year, year and a half we get help from these guys who knew a little more about climbing and built our first bouldering wall. So I think for the first years it was really, really on easy. Like the first 2 or 3 years I never been coached or something like this but already in this time I started to compete and get visible results. It’s actually unbelievable, but it is.
Yeah definitely but I think after about, when I was 14 or 15 it was more and more time that I went for weekends into other part of Slovenia where the climbing was more developed.
No, more to other areas or yeah, and to Misja pec and this stuff. But to indoor walls and also to climbing gyms where there were coaches which helped me a little bit, but the other part of the week, like 3 times per week I still climbed on my own. So I really developed some stupid technique, or no technique, however you call it.
I was in my small town, we have a little boulder wall and sometimes I climb totally on my own and sometimes with the older guys who came from main town and actually bring climbing to our town. But they maybe wasn’t so interesting or with 2 years I grown up them, they climbed at about 7b and my level was getting higher and higher really fast because I was young and really enthusiastic.
Yeah I wanted to climb!
Actually for a long, long time I didn’t realise that actually I became professional… No really! It was always like spontaneous way, I never had a picture that I want to be the best in the world, that I want to be the professional climber, that I want this to be my main job, but I was always focused onto school because I was good at school. So when I was in the youth team I also get some results, even in the youth A I started to compete in the adult category
So maybe the main point, the breaking point was about 2005 when I won the youth championship. So it was the junior category but I was the younger in the junior category so I even had one year in the juniors. That year I think I also won all the European cups and get 15th rank as an adult so then I realise ok maybe I even when I go to study, when I’m out of the youth circuit I want to keep climbing, I want to do it.
So the next year I cancelled the youth team and just decided to go to adult and one year later I moved to the capitol city Ljubljana to start to study Psychology but first and second year I did all exams finished to June, so I was really focused on school but I never had a picture to be a professional climber and live from it.