I’m pleased I’ve never felt the urge to sign up for a dating side, because I find it extremely hard to write something about myself. So it’s probably best if I just stick to the ‘essentials’. I was born and raised in Holland (Amsterdam), one of the flattest countries in the world (with no natural rock what so ever). Fortunately our little country is saturated with climbing walls, which I started to use when I was 21. About 5 years ago I moved over to England to come and life with a fine Geordie lad (Andy Earl). Andy, Amber (our daughter), Fonz (our dog) and I now life together in Newcastle upon Tyne.
In my top ten of most memorable climbing achievements you’ll definitely find the moment where I shared the podium with Adam Ondra and Barbara Zangler in Mello Blocco. I would also put climbing ‘Tea with Elmarie’ (F8a+ boulder) in my top ten and let’s face I have to (unfortunately) put ‘being out-crimped by Percy Bishton’ in my top ten as well. Because it’s a moment I’ll never forget.
In the last year and a half a lot has changed in my life, which means I can’t climb (outside) as much as I use to. This doesn’t mean I’m less motivated, just not as strong (yet). However, I’m convinced I’ll be able to send some nice problems this year (and will get strong again). For those interested, I’ll keep you informed on my blog.