Dad for a reason
Livia is raised by two active parents and when Livia was young they moved to Enköping outside Stockholm, Sweden were her dad opened up a climbing gym. Her dad started climbing in his early twenties and thus, climbing has always been a natural part of also Livia’s life. Together they practice in the climbing gym to get stronger and be able to deliver when climbing outdoors. They travel around a lot to experience nature, climbing and the social life that climbing gives.
This place is so beautiful. The nature is spectacular and I’m about to climb a trail my dad and I have dreamt about for years. We’ve been driving from Sweden to Switzerland in our Land Rover Defender and I can still hear a thumping sound in my ears and my back is sore from the long drive. But we have driven that car to countless spots all around Europe, dad and I, and it’s kind of part of the adventure to be a bit uncomfortable. It’s still going to be cozy to get back to the car after hours of climbing, to cook and then sleep in the back. My stomach growls a bit when I see the PrimeTech Stove in the backseat and one part of me (my tummy) can’t wait until we’re back here ready to fry up some Salsiccas. But the other part of me is super keen to get going. To the cliff.
I’m walking ahead of my dad on this trail, along one of the many lakes in the area, the turquois glacial water is shining in the sun and the surroundings are epic. Looking around I see waterfalls every here and there and the mountain peaks stands majestic against the clear blue sky. I love being outdoors, in every way, and outdoor climbing really gives me the whole package – hiking, sleeping outside, cooking in nature, swimming in lakes and of course, climbing at beautiful places like this. It’s an incredible feeling of freedom and I’m so happy to have much of this in my life. I probably wouldn’t have managed school as well if I didn’t get this time in nature to “just be”.
We’re here, at the trail we’ve been longing for. Motorhead. Sure, there is always an underlaying top instinct in me and the feeling of reaching the top with my own abilities is great, but it’s always the journey there I enjoy the most. A smooth climb as possible makes the goal even better. My dad is my favorite climbing buddy, we have the same commands and know each other very well and so climbing with him is usually very smooth. I have so many friends who don’t have the same relationship with their parents so I really appreciate what we have. Without him, I would not have been here.
- Livia Ståhl
Team Sweden Climbing, Sweden