Sterling Athletes Team

Dodo Kopold

Athlete Bio


How did you get started climbing?12 years ago in cold winter I was in High Tatras mountain. I climbed my first ice, then my first winter route, I alived my first winter bivy and after I decided that this is what I like :-)


How old were you when you started?

I was 17 and in this time I studied on secondery school of transport.


Who or what inspired you to start climbing?

Books about climbing. The great stories about first ascent on Eiger, Himalaya challenge, Camp 4 stories, ....


Who served as your inspiration in life?

Becik, Bozik, Jasko and Just. Four climbers from Slovakia who in 1988 climbed the huge SW face on Mt.Everest in light style.


What was your first outdoor climb?

India, Himalaya Pradesh. We went to climb one beautiful virgin peak.


What do you do when you’re not climbing?

I´am with my daughter Tara and wife Katka. Or I am on some bike marathon race.


Any training advice or suggestions?

Everything is in your mind.


What do you feel is your best accomplishment, outside of climbing?

317km marathon on bike. I am a climber not biker so this was real big challenge for me.


What do you feel is your best accomplishment within climbing?

During 3 years I wanted to climb all 8000m peak. I climbed six and on K2 I reached 8000m, on Dhaulagiri 8060m and on Annapurna 7500m in NW face and 6450m in south face.  I am happy that I alive it all.


Favorite quote?

Climb high, live long.


If you could have 1 superpower what would it be?

I don´t know.


If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? (no wishing for more wishes)

To be more time with my daughter Tara and wife Katka. Live my dreams. Live long.


What was your favorite childhood cartoon?

Robin Hood, Tom and Jerry




SHORT TERM CLIMBING GOALS: Ama Dablam and Nuptse south face,oct. 2009

SHORT TERM PERSONAL GOALS: bike marathon 220km



To climb the bigest faces in Himalaya like Gasherbrum IV, Latok, Masherbrum, Nuptse, K2 west face, Mt. Everest SW face




Atlantic ocean solo speed sail and around the world sailin.


Tick List – Most Proud of Achievements:




Castle Peak 5500 and Mt. Mahindra 5845 - new routes


2002, 2003

Shipton Spire 5900 – alpine style ascent



Great Trango 6200 – new route in alpine style



Uli Biaho Tower 6109, Hainabrakk 5800– new routes in alpine



Shisha Pangma 8045, Cho Oyu 8201, Nanga Parbat 8125 summit and K2, Dhaulagiri attempt

Karakoram, Himalaya


Gasherbrum I 8068, Broad Peak 8000-8047 Gasherbrum II 8035, summit and Annapurna8091 NW face attempt

Karakoram, Himalaya


Annapurna south 7201m, solo new route and Annapurna S face attempt










List at least 5 reasons why you like Sterling Rope

1: 6mm cord is strong enough for Himalaya light style climbing

2: the ropes are light

3: easy to use

4: twin ropes are fantastic for winter alpine climbing – never get wet

5: long life


Write a short story on a recent climbing adventure:


In the year 2007 I wanted to try something new. To climb all 8000m peaks during short time - in period of 3 years. No more time for it because 8000m peaks are not everything in my life. The project was simple. First year get as much experiences from altitude as possible. So I tried to climb 5x8000m. Second year I tried 4x8000m in period of 2 and half months. And my last attempts on 8000m peaks were on Annapurna from NW and Bonington route from south side. For sure all in alpine style or let´s say in light style.

In April 2009 I used  all my experiences and I climbed new route in difficult and steep SE face of Annapurna south 7219m. Fast and light, in solo climb. I think this  was my greatest climb I have ever done and one another big step for me. 


The last book you read? Annapurna and one book about The alone seilors

Your favorite book/story? Himalaya Alpine style book

Your favorite bands? All my playlist in my iPod – rock, pop, jazz, ...


List 5 favorite movies? I don´t have a TV.


Your favorite types of music? Rock



Other sports/activities you like to do? (other than climb) Runing, bike, seiling

What do you feel is you best accomplishment (other than climbing)? Big challenge races.

Your favorite beverages? ­red vine, beer

One favorite personal quote? Climb high, live long.


What do you want to do in the next 5 years? I would like to climb a lot and also I would like to be with my family more time.

Where do you want to be 5 years from now? Somewhere on the sea.­­­­­­­­­­




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