Nina Schlesener

Nina Schlesener

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Nina Schlesener

News about Nina Schlesener

Passion for ice

In truth, Nina Schlesener – actually Christina – is a child of the mountains. Nina, 32, grew up at the Schneibstein Hut, her parent’s hut in the middle of the Berchtesgaden Alps where she got to know and to love the mountains deeply. So it is no wonder that in her youth she had already scaled all of the traditional ways up to the summits. A new challenge was needed – and at 18 Nina discovered her passion for climbing. Henceforth, she also headed up vertically.

With her love for the mountains and her homeland, Nina recognised early on her desire to turn her hobby into a profession and become a mountain guide. No sooner said than done. On the first go, she passed the qualifying exams, completed the training in a record time of 2 years, and became Germany’s youngest certified mountain guide and ski instructor and Berchtesgaden’s only one.

Nina Schlesener
Nina Schlesener

During this time, her enthusiasm for climbing increased even more, and so she committed herself at that point to competitive ice climbing. Straightaway at her first competition, the Ice Climbing Festival in Kandersteg, Switzerland, in 2011, she achieved impressive results. She climbed beside the ultimate champion Ines Papert (also on the LOWA PRO Team) and won 3rd place. Encouraged by her podium finish, the following year she had even more success: 1st place in the Ice Climbing Europe Cup Fieberbrun, 2nd place in the Ice Climbing Europe Cup Heutal, and 3rd place in the overall Europe Cup rankings.

Nina Schlesener

Aside from competitive and climbing adventures, Nina still had her focus primarily on the mountains and alpine challenges, though. To further express her passion for this, Nina wrote a book, “Berchtesgaden - My Most Beautiful Tours,” which was published in 2016 (Delius Klasing). In her book, Nina covers a selection of her favourite routes with personal tips and discusses particular highlights during each hike. In addition, every hike has a removable page with the tour’s description and GPS coordinates, which can also be downloaded via a link.

Click here to see the book.

“Writing a book about your homeland is like writing a declaration of love. In particular when it has been written by such a passionate alpinist and climber as Nina Schlesener. You sense her deep connection to the Berchtesgaden Alps in every sentence. The book is fascinating and inspiring. And you just want to head out yourself to these impressive places.”
Stefan Glowacz