Q:Â What are your climbing goals?
Recently, Iâ€™ve been trying to work on improving my technique on overhanging routes which Iâ€™ve always found pretty challenging. Long-term my hope is to get some trad climbing in with my brother who also climbs. Maybe weâ€™ll make a trip out of it – Iâ€™ve got some friends who are doing a road trip across the U.S and Canada climbing wherever they stop which to me would be my ideal way to experience the West Coast when I eventually make it out there.
Q: Most Memorable Climbing Experience?
My most memorable climbing experience was probably the second time I went ice climbing. About 10 of us went up for a day of climbing at Montagne-Dâ€™Argent near Mont Tremblant in Quebec. Weâ€™d constantly been fighting for good weekends to get out given a pretty mild winter, so when the temperature dropped we jumped at the opportunity to climb some ice. There was a huge amount of ice in which let us set up a half-dozen routes between our group and a couple other groups. This sharing of routes was really nice and probably what I enjoy most about the sport – the friendliness and eagerness just to get outside and enjoy good crags. We managed to get a good 7 hours or so of climbing in getting back into MontrÃ©al after dark and exhausted.
Q: What do you like about MyClimb?
I really like how MyClimb allows me to track when and how Iâ€™m progressing with my climbing. When I see that Iâ€™ve been sitting on a climbing grade for a while I can see that maybe itâ€™s time to push myself more to more challenging routes. Recently, Iâ€™ve started sharing more pictures of interesting places Iâ€™ve been climbing (mostly gyms in Toronto and MontrÃ©al) – I think itâ€™s really cool how creative some places are getting with reusing old spaces for climbing gyms whether itâ€™s grain silos at Allez Up in MontrÃ©al or a movie theatre at Basecamp in Toronto.
Q: What do you enjoy most about climbing?
What I enjoy most about climbing is the sense of community and the ability to get outside whatever the weather. I think climbers really are a unique breed of individuals who are pretty easy-going and open to each other. Whenever I climb itâ€™s never a competition to see whoâ€™s best, itâ€™s an opportunity to hangout, have some fun, and be physically active. And when it happens outside in interesting places, thatâ€™s just a bonus.
Q: Most memorable climbing experience?
In my first year of climbing, I did a lot of bouldering because my friend who got me into climbing mostly bouldered and her friends mostly bouldered too. I hadÂ been wanting to get into climbing for a while but never really looked into it super seriously until my friend suggested I come try out this gym (Allez Up) she went to that was built around 4 old grain elevators. I really fell in love with the sport and specifically Allez Up for its super high walls and welcoming community. Itâ€™s a lot of fun to chat with climbers of all ages and experiences, sometimes in french too! Eventually I found a partner to climb routes with so I saw a lot of improvement when climbing with someone who wanted to climb routes around the same grade as me.
Q: Favorite climbing discipline?
My favourite climbing discipline is probably ice climbing. I donâ€™t get to do it as much as I like but when I do itâ€™s great to get out in the snow and enjoy the Canadian winter instead of just climbing in gyms over the winter. Thereâ€™s something very therapeutic about swinging ice axes into a solid sheet of ice.