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.