Felix Neumärker was born close to the Elbsandstein region in Germany, and was introduced to climbing by his father at 13 years of age. His early passion was football, but as soon as he led his first route, in Briançon, France, he only had eyes for the rock. He began training seriously and this soon led to competitions. In 2006 he was runner up in the Youth World Championships. Combining university studies with competitions proved difficult, and he therefore decided to stop competing and concentrate on natural rock instead. Since then he has red-pointed such classic hard climbs as ‘A Muerte’ (9a), ‘La Reina Mora’ (8c+/9a), ‘Estado Crítico’ (9a) and ‘La Rambla’ (9a+), all in Siurana, Spain, and ‘Corona’ (9a+) in the German school of Frankenjura. Felix finished his studies and is now a researcher. He is fascinated with the multiple aspects of climbing: nature, journeys, people, languages, lifestyles… and is always discovering something new.