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I made my first climbing experiences in 2000 on an artificial climbing wall during a family vacation in the USA. Already after a few moves I was totally taken by this fascinating sport. Back in Switzerland, I joined a mountaineering club and basically climbed outdoors a lot. In 2005, I took part in a regional youth competition, just for fun. To my own surprise, I ended up 2nd and was admitted to the regional climbing team shortly after. In 2007, I became Swiss Youth Champion in the disciplines lead and bouldering, and won several other national competitions in both disciplines. In the beginning of 2008, I made the Youth National Team. This was followed by my first international competitions in which the focus was to gain experiences.

Due to my results, I was accepted at a sports high school in Zurich in summer 2008, which allowed me to perfectly combine school and training. In September of 2009, I won my first international competition in Munich in the discipline speed. During my last years as a junior, I started shifting my focus to bouldering and the world cups. In summer 2013, I graduated from high school and started my studies in Chiropractic Medicine at the University of Zurich. The following year was the first time I reached semi-finals in a senior world cup in front of a home crowd in Grindelwald. In 2016, I placed 14th at the Worldcup in Munich, which ended up being my best result on an international stage. I finished my master degree in 2020 and have been working as a chiropractor ever since.

By the end of 2023 I decided to retire from competition climbing to focus on rock climbing. I want to further push my limits in bouldering and find more time to pursue my passion as a routesetter. In general I just really enjoy having a great time with friends and climbing in some of the most beautiful places on earth. I love to travel and see new places and climbing somewhat became my way of exploring the world.

Name:Natalie Bärtschi
Born:13. March 1994
Home:Chur, Switzerland 

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