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Gripped - - 10 QUESTIONS -

Where are you from and where are you based now? I am from Rich­mond, B.C. and cur­rently based be­tween Rich­mond and the Lau­ren­tians in Que­bec.

Where and what was your first climb? My first climb was at Strath­cona Park on Van­cou­ver Is­land as part of an out­door education pro­gram through ju­nior high school. It was prob­a­bly just a 5.4 as I was toprop­ing it with run­ners on.

Was it love at first climb? Not right away. I started to love climb­ing when I joined an out­doors club at ubc dur­ing my first year at univer­sity and si­mul­ta­ne­ously started to train at an in­door climb­ing gym.

What is your train­ing rou­tine like? I love to work out so it’s not hard for me to train. I gen­er­ally boul­der in­doors dur­ing the win­ter sea­son in com­bi­na­tion with weight train­ing, yoga and run­ning. Dur­ing my out­door climb­ing sea­son, I con­tinue to do an­tag­o­nis­tic mus­cle train­ing, but fo­cus on the climb­ing.

Have you dealt with in­juries and how do you pre­vent them? Yes, I had to stop climb­ing for sev­eral years due to el­bow ten­donitis and also suf­fered from a long-term Achilles prob­lem de­vel­oped from long-dis­tance run­ning. I’ve learned to lis­ten to my body as I get older and try not to over train.

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