Q: How did you start climbing?Up trees when I was little. Climbing was always natural and attracting to me. Then I started dating a French guy – now my husband – who knew a little bit about climbing so we borrowed gear and it became a sport that we’ve been doing together for the last 20 years.
Q: What is your Climbing Background / Favorite Discipline?
A few years after I started climbing, Eric Hörst’s “How to Climb 5.12” was published and it was a bible to my friends and I. The big thing was to master enough technique and include a little bit of off-wall training to climb harder sports routes. Sports climbing is still a favorite but I’m also happy to test my skills on trad routes.
Q: What are your goals?
Keeping up with my kids! But I’m defeated already. It’s amazing to share a sport with your kids in which they can surpass you at a very young age. Referring to Eric Hörst’s book again, climbing 5.12 happened naturally for my kids at the ages of 9 and 10, when only 20 years ago, it was a climber’s dream.
Q: What is your biggest climbing influence / teacher?
My husband. We’ve always pushed and helped each other.
Q: What do you like most about climbing?
Pushing my own limits, yet sharing the day and the experience with friends and family.
Q: What do you enjoy about MyClimb and how does MyClimb affect your climbing?
It’s a tracker and a reminder for myself. Recently I’ve had few sessions and they were short. The app reminds me that I won’t have the summer I want to have if I keep going that way and that I need to carve out more time for climbing.
Q: What are your Favorite place(s) to climb?
Will find it on my next road trip, or maybe the one after that… Climbing makes me travel and I enjoy the diversity of the climbing areas and rock.
Q: What is your Favorite piece(s) of climbing gear (and why?)
Belaying is a huge responsibility. The GriGri 2 holds perfectly in the hand and feeds the rope very smoothly. I can focus on the climber and the tool will work as I expect it to work. It’s a nice feeling.
Q: How did you start your kids climbing? How does their approach to climbing differ from you? If you could pass on a piece of advice relating to parents/ their children and climbing – what would it be?
I wanted my kids to be comfortable at heights and before he could even walk I took my older son on toprope climbs in a frontal infant carrier to allow him to experience ascents and descents. It was probably not necessary but first time parents do weird things sometimes. We then lived in countries where there was absolutely no climbing. When we landed in Thailand for a few years, climbing naturally became part of our routine again but all our time was spent introducing the kids to the sport. We moved to Salt Lake City when they were 6 and 8 and they started climbing with the competitive team at Momentum. I’m very envious. If competitive climbing had been around when I was a kid, it would have been my sport too.
Q: How has your approach to climbing changed since you started?
Not much. Climbing will always be a part of my life, sometimes very present, sometimes less. Over the years I’ve built a skill set that allows me to have fun outdoors even if I’m not in great climbing shape.