Catatonica 8A+ by Mie Kastet (38)

15 January 2023

Mie Kastet has done Catatonica (8A+) in Brione. "Love this problem! Appearance can be deceptive. It packs a punch! Not too experienced with these grades, so I'm running with the original suggestion. But it might be 8a. It may have suited me quite well too, so idk."

Interestingly is that the 38-year-old has had steady progress, since 2014, when it comes to scorecard points.

Can you tell us more about the ascent?
To be honest, Catatonica was not on my radar at all when we came to Brione this year. I had other goals. But I injured my right hamstring on a heel hook and felt pretty helpless on most of the problems I had originally wanted to try. So when we stumbled across this one and all the body positions and moves worked with little to no pain, I got psyched!

To me, it felt like a very technical challenge, so I had a rare experience with the flow state. Felt super calm and didn't think. Except for the top out where I told myself "keep it together". Two big sessions working the moves and sequences, then another short session where nothing worked. But on the 4th session, everything clicked. ☺️

Could you say something about your daily climbing life?
At home, there's a mix of training and going outside for bouldering to try some problems that I am motivated for. I also have a funny and very active dog, so she makes sure I take time away from climbing and get some sort of cardio done. 🤣 I happen to work at the world's best bouldering gym Bergen Klatresenter and got the sweetest colleagues who allow me to go for longer trips from time to time. And I wouldn't be where I am without my partner (Knut Sømme), who's both psyched to climb and very supportive.

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