Tina is a rare rock climbing talent. She has travelled around the world, and has distinguished herself internationally as a top-level sport climber. At the young age of 18, she was ranked as the best junior in the world in 2012, and in the same year she won the European Youth Cup. She also has a bronze from the World Youth Championship in 2011, in addition to being both Norwegian and Nordic Champion. She was the first Norwegian woman to complete a route with an 8a+ difficulty at the first attempt.
Tina is a rare rock climbing talent. She began sport climbing when she was 12 years old, and a mere year later she won the Norwegian Youth Championship.
“I was always the person who climbed highest in the trees, and I was the bravest kid on the climbing frames when I was little. When I began actively climbing in my teenage years, and was introduced to all the challenges climbing has to offer, I was smitten – the technical, physical and mental aspects I encounter on the wall, how you switch off and the fact that the only things that matter are me and the wall. Pushing your own boundaries – that’s what motivates me,” says Tina.
At a young age Tina had already travelled around the world on climbing trips. She has also distinguished herself internationally as a top-level sport climber. By 2012, she was already ranked the best junior in the world. In the same year, she won the European Youth Cup. She also has a bronze from the World Youth Championship in 2011, in addition to being both Norwegian and Nordic Champion. She was the first Norwegian woman to complete a route with an 8a+ difficulty at the first attempt. Tina is one of only three Norwegian women to boulder climb at an 8a+ grade of difficulty.
“It’s fantastic to be part of the Team Bergans, with its great love of nature and the planet we live on. Being able to represent a brand that delivers high-quality products and also possesses good values really means a lot to me.”
Despite climbing all round the world, Tina loves her neighborhood at home in Oslo. She describes her coolest climbing experience as follows:
“I was climbing a route known as Pump Fiction, just outside Oslo. As of today, this is the hardest route I have tackled, but the reason why it is so special is because it was a long, instructive process for me. I almost managed it when I was 17 years old, but I fell and injured myself badly. It took several attempts and a number of years before I was ready for it again, but when I was finally successful, it was surprisingly easy. It was also after a long period of illness, so it felt like the conclusion of several years of setbacks and frustration. It was the start of a new chapter.”
To compete in the World Championships.
Sport climbing/bouldering trip to Fosen, Norway.
Sport climbing trip to Red River Gorge, USA.
Bouldering trip to Ticino, Switzerland.
Bouldering trip to Hueco Tanks, USA.
Sport climbing trip to Spain.
Tina’s website: www.tinajhafsaas.com