Kili or Fish

Kilian Fischhuber

A benchmark in climbing

Kilian Fischhuber climbing the Headless Children route in the Ratikon mountains, Switzerland
© Johannes Mair/ASP/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Kilian Fischhuber. My discipline is free climbing. My friends call me Kili or Fish. I was born on 1 August 1983 in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Austria. My special talent is scaling some of the world’s most challenging cliff faces. My philosophy of life is don’t take life too seriously. The most important person in my life is my girlfriend, Anna.


Austria’s Kilian Fischhuber is a renowned figure in the free-climbing world. The bouldering specialist has not only conquered the Bouldering World Cup multiple times, but has also scaled some of the world’s most challenging routes and boulders.

Before reaching the dizzying heights of his success as a World Cup Champion, the Austrian free-climbing star became hooked on his sport when he was just 12 years old, joining first the Austrian national youth climbing team, before progressing to represent his country on the Austrian national team in 1999. By 2005, he was runner-up at the IFSC World Championships, and in 2008 bolstered his standing within the sport with silver at the European Championships.

Kilian has since made his way up to highest ranks of his sport; achieving legendary status thanks in part to his five Bouldering World Cup wins, as well as his versatility as a climber.

A bouldering pro, Kilian is also well-versed in lead climbing, and in addition to his astonishing World Cup successes, has also been named Boulder Rock Master in 2005, 2008 and 2009, earning a spot in the Arco Rock Legends Hall of Fame. In 2012, he just missed out on the top of the podium at the World Championships once again, taking silver in Paris.

In 2014, while ranked fourth in the world and having finished the World Cup in fifth place – including a home victory in Innsbruck – Fisschhuber announced his decision to retire from competitive climbing.

He continues to challenge himself in the great outdoors, mastering ever-more demanding routes all over the globe.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. Ascent: Headless Children route

      First person to repeat the route in the Rätikon mountain range, near the border of Switzerland and Austria

  2. 2014
    1. 1st Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup - Boulder

      Innsbruck, Austria

    2. 3rd Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup - Boulder

      Grindelwald, Switzerland

  3. 2013
    1. 1st Place: IFSC European Bouldering Championship

      Eindhoven, Netherlands

    2. 1st Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup - Boulder

      Erzberg, Austria

    3. 1st Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup - Boulder

      Millau, France

  4. 2012
    1. Ascent: Southern Delight – First Ascent

      Taipan Wall, The Grampians

  5. 2011
    1. 1st Place: IFSC Bouldering World Cup

      Kilian's fifth Bouldering World Cup victory

      Milan, Italy