Jule on Rhino (7B+) in Rocklands, South Africa. Photo by Micky Wiswedel.
We here in the US may be a little late to to jump on the “We’ve got a crush on Juliane Wurm” fan-wagon, but hey, better late than never! (The Europeans always seem to be ahead of us with the trends!) Until last month, we’d heard little mention of German Juliane Wurm in the US. That was until the 24-year-old showed up in Texas and quietly swept first place at the Hueco Rock Rodeo and the American Bouldering Series’ Nationals just a week later. Jule’s strength, technique, and precision are impeccable, as is her dedication to constant improvement and training. In talking about her competition experiences, she seems to not take winning or her strength for granted, understanding that to be the best, she must train the hardest. Hence her decision to take the current semester of university off to focus on climbing, and the rad home wall and training set up in her house.
In 2013, Wurm placed first at the Innsbruck World Cup. Despite having much to boast about, we admire Jule for her modest approach to climbing and winning and how clearly her climbing passion shines through. Currently, she is ranked 5th in the world in the World Cup series. Although she is better known for her competition climbing, she is quickly gaining traction for her hard sends outdoors. In an interview with Mad Rock, she shared, “My all-time project is to climb outside more often.” In the span of just a couple of weeks in the US, Jule ticked off six 8A/8A+ boulders! Next up for Jule is the Tierra Boulder Battle – and perhaps another first place finish!
Climb on! ~Cate
Info thanks to Juliane’s blog and facebook, Mammut, Adidas, and Mad Rock.