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Taking it to the limit: Fátima Gil

Top performance on any terrain – that’s the essence of the new BMW X3. Three different perspectives, three stories of adventure and burning curiosity. We continue this series about the sheer joy of pushing the limits with Spanish climber Fátima Gil, who views her sport as a creative challenge.

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Dirk Bruniecki

Climbing is like a vertical dance, a dance on the rock face. But there’s no choreography to follow – I have to learn the steps on my way to the top. The creativity involved knows no bounds. What I love most about it is that when you start climbing, you get into the flow and you’re completely focused. A human can process 60,000 thoughts in a single day. But at that moment you have only one thing on your mind: climbing.

“When I’m climbing a really tough section, I’m always aware that I might fall, despite the safety rope. So there’s a constant struggle with the part of your brain that says: I can’t do it.”

Fátima Gil 

She’s been magnetically attracted to the mountains for as long as she can remember: even as a child Fátima Gil wanted to climb to the summit of the mountains near her home town of Madrid.

My most important tool is my hammer. I like old-school climbing, where you have a rock face in its natural state, without any aids. There’s something more primitive about it. And I think it’s nice to leave the terrain unspoilt for future generations. When it comes to the mountains, I’m a bit of a romantic: I’ve loved them ever since I was small. I come from a town north of Madrid. Whenever I looked up at the mountaintops, I always said to my parents, “When I’m older, I want to climb up there.” And they would reply, “You could just hike up.” But I wanted to scale the mountains, not walk up them.

Outdoor expert: thanks to its longer wheelbase, the new BMW X3 now has even more space on the inside – not just for passengers, but also for the sports equipment needed for daredevil mountain adventures.

“Once you start climbing, you get into the flow and you’re completely focused,” says Gil. “At that moment you have only one thing on your mind: climbing.”

“Once you start climbing, you get into the flow and you’re completely focused,” says Gil. “At that moment you have only one thing on your mind: climbing.”

And today, when I’m climbing a really tough section, I’m always aware that I might fall, despite the safety rope. So there’s a constant struggle with the part of your brain that says: I can’t do it. You have to push the fear that’s holding you back to one side and tackle the challenges one step at a time. That’s how I made it to the summit of Naranjo de Bulnes together with a climbing partner. We were the first women to reach the summit via the Pilar-del-Cantabrico route and it was the most intense experience I’ve ever had. Getting to the top doesn’t mean you’ve conquered the mountain – it means you’ve overcome your own limits.

Even steep terrain can’t stop the BMW X3 from getting its driver to his or her destination safe and sound.

Model facts

BMW X3 M40i

Displacement cc
Cylinders

2998
6

Output
kW (PS)

265 (360)

Torque Nm

500

Top speed

250

Acceleration
0-100km/h

4,8

Fuel economy in l/100 km
urban
inter-urban
combined


11,1-10,8
7,0-6,7
8,4-8,2

CO2 emissions
(combined) g/km


193 - 188

10/17/2017