Climbing has always been a most important part of my life. I started quite, early, at 13 and kept up at it, with various degrees of commitment, until this day, almost 30 years later. For me climbing was a ways of socialising, a therapy and a place to experiment. More than anything it was and is an adventure and not least a learning process; learning about myself and about the world.
I competed, in my youth, very little and without major achievements. I took, however, part in over 30 major expeditions and found joy and pleasure both at high altitude and on rocky walls in the sun; in the heart of Europe or in exotic corners of the world.
I decided to take a break from an academic career and switch to full time guiding.
Seven years ago I decided to take a break from an academic career (teaching philosophy, classics and social sciences in universities across the globe) and switch to full time guiding, an activity I had been doing until then only occasionally. Many people asked me, surprised, why such a drastic change? From teaching to guiding, from intellectual activity to physical labour. I do not see it as such: guiding is still teaching. Maybe even teaching with more concrete results and real-life impact. It still is sharing and leading and instructing and caring. It is not only physical labour but also complex and consequential thought process.
With TENDON since 2013
I became part of TENDON family in 2013. I followed the brand closely since mid-nineties and saw it transform itself into a market leader for ropes. The invitation not only honoured me but also gave me the opportunity to be closely involved with products that I use for personal and professional security every day. When I am tying into a TENDON rope I feel not only as the ‘end user’ (pun intended) but also ‘tied in’ to the process of how that rope came into being.
In the heart of Transilvania
Climbing in Romania has a tradition going back to the late ‘30s but the resurgence of sport (athletic) climbing is much more recent with an initial wave in the mid-nineties and a second one still going on. Predominantly on limestone, climbing in the Carpathians is mainly on well established sport crags and adventure climbing terrain yet still with plenty of under-developed walls at hand to explore.
“Tendon route” came into being a couple of years back and what I like most about this concept is that it tries to bring people together. For me, both as climber and as guide, climbing is about knowing: getting to know other people, getting to know other places and getting to know oneself. I am really looking forward to welcome climbers taking part in this challenge this year to Romania (in the heart of Transilvania) for them to discover new climbing areas, meet new people, a new country and leave new routes for others to enjoy.
Cosmin Andron, www.cosmin-andron.com