As a young child, I was not skilled in many activities. I sank in the swimming pool, lacked the coordination needed for basketball, and my saxophone harmony left a lot to be desired. At the age of nine, my parents took me to the Estes Park Climbing Gym, and I knew I had found my place. Climbing, the sport for misfits, had accepted me with open arms.
I began competing almost immediately, and quickly discovered I performed well under pressure. For the next ten years, I spent my time training in the gym and traveling across the country and world competing. With the support of family and friends, I traversed the globe with my parents and younger brother to compete in China, Austria, France, Spain, and Canada in both youth and adult World Championships. For results, see Resume.
By 19, I felt worn down from competing and decided to refocus my efforts on difficult routes outside. Between studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, I climbed throughout the country, making the First Female Ascents of routes such as Grand Ole Opry (5.14b/c) at the Monastery, CO, God’s Own Stone (now 5.13d) in the Red River Gorge, KY, and Motley Crux (5.14a) in Deep Creek, WA. Summers would take me overseas to sport climb in Spain and France and boulder in Peru, where I tried my hand at developing and climbing untouched boulders on a thirty-day expedition.
December 2012 marked the end of my undergraduate college career, when I graduated with a BA Degree in Marketing. Since then, I’ve been traveling and climbing in Spain, Cuba, and throughout the US. I am a nerd. I am a clean freak. I like baking chocolate cakes. I strongly dislike olives. And I’m very thankful to my parents for introducing me to climbing so I didn’t have to spend my life on the sidelines.
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