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Watch Juliane Wurm Bouldering in Hueco Tanks

Juliane Wurm was one of the world’s leading comp climbers for a decade when she decided to stop competing last year. The strong German climber started when she was 13 and won her first European World Cup in 2007.

Wurm opted out of comp climbing so she could spend more time with her family and medical studies. “In a perfect world, comp climbing would get super big, with huge crowds, big sponsors and tons of prize money, while rock climbing would stay as it is: natural, with not to many climbers at the crags and good weather,” said Wurm.