Q: What are your climbing goals?
To enjoy life and nature while staying active, climbing in many outdoor locations with my awesome husband, Lou Renner. I’d like to reclimb some favorites like Royal Arches in Yosemite, the Aiguille Rouge in Chamonix or the Flatiron routes in Boulder, CO and add some more all day moderate alpine routes.
Q: Most memorable climbing experience?
Over 20 years ago, climbing the Northwest Face of Half Dome with Lou Renner.
We planned and trained hard at least I did! Lou had already done three routes on the face, but the only route on Half Dome I had climbed was ‘Snake Dike’ a few times so far. We planned to do the climb in three days with a haul bag. The approach and load we carried up was tremendous. Lou carried 85lbs. and I carried 65lbs. Yikes! Anyway, we were fresh and hiked up the Muir trail. We camped at the base of Half Dome and filtered water from a nearby stream for the climb.
Lou and I climbed 1,000ft. that first day to a bivy ‘sloping ledge’. I got to lead some of the pitches during the day and once, was horrified to see a huge block (larger than 4 refrigerators) move when I put a cam behind it! Double Yikes! I quickly removed it and climbed far away from that disaster waiting to happen!
Anyway, that night we tied into the ledge was Magical!
Seeing the other climbers headlamps on the various big walls twinkle around the valley, knowing they were enjoying their dinners after a great day of climbing too, I felt a comraderie that I’ll never forget. And then later, the full moon came around the wall into view and I’ll never forget the beauty and sublime ‘chills’ I felt! I am a professional oil painter now and I love to paint nature, this experience will likely come out in paint one day! For now, it’s in my inner treasure.
The next day, looking at our dwindling water supply, and realizing that we would have to climb the last day without water, left us sad. It was too hot, we (me!) drank too much, we didn’t haul enough water to finish the climb. We made the painful, but correct decision to go down. I knew that I couldn’t climb without water. Even though, the approach and decent with loads was horrendous, and I might never make it back, I’m still so thankful that I got to experience that night. That Moon in the best company ever, my husband, Lou.
Q: What do you like most about MyClimb?
I like being part of the pretty awesome climbing community. Most climbers love nature and exude joy! I love that! I also, really like having a record of my climbs to help keep me motivated, excited and realistic (free from injury)!
Q: What do you enjoy most about climbing?
I love being out in Nature moving fluidly where my mind and body are both engaged and nothing else exists! The zen of climbing!
Q: How did you start climbing?
I’ve always loved individual sports, but had never tried rock climbing until one of my first dates with Lou. He took me to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA to practice bouldering on the dead-vertical walls as a warm-up! OMG! These were tiny little finger holds and did I mention, it was dead-vertical! Well, as you might guess, I was nervous about our first day out on real rock at Mt. Tamalpais in Marin planned for a day or two later. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised to find Big hand holds and not quite so vertical climbing for my first time outside! He got smart! I got hooked!
Q: Favorite Climbing Discipline?
Long alpine routes!
Q: Favorite Place to climb or destination?