I am pleased to introduce North Face athlete and champion rock climber Emily Harrington. Get to know her a bit better by watching this video of her deep water soloing in Mallorca, Spain. Emily will be guest blogging on FitSguar in February!
The Beginnings: Less structure, more diversity
I have been climbing for 14 years, since I was 10 years old. I started at an indoor climbing gym in Boulder that my dad took me to during the summer. I was previously a ski racer and gymnast, but liked climbing because it was a little less structured than team and school sports and more individual-focused. I have always enjoyed how diverse climbing can be. There are countless styles (i.e. outdoors: rock, ice, mountains, etc; and indoors: competitions) and it is a vehicle for traveling. I have been extremely fortunate in my career to be able to travel the world to compete and climb outdoors.
Fave Spots: Near and far
My favorite places to climb are Rifle, Colorado and the Red River Gorge in Kentucky; but I just recently returned from a trip to the Himalayan mountains in Nepal, where I taught Sherpa people climbing safety. The Himalayas offer and very different style of climbing (more big mountains — known as alpinism) that I have not yet explored, but it was one of the most powerful and inspiring places I have ever been to.
Inspiration: Exploration and evolution
I climb because it is more than a sport, it is a lifestyle that is never boring and ever-changing. There is so much to explore in this world through climbing and no challenge is ever the same. It changes and evolves with me as I grow and mature.
Check back next week for more on rock climbing from Emily. If skiing is more your thing, The North Face athlete Kit Deslauriers has tales from the mountains to share too.