Jen Olson has a lifestyle that many of us would dream of. She’s a professonal climber and an ACMG/IFMGA mountain guide living and working in Canada. Jen can be super-proud of her achievements; including a number of big wall first ascents in Pakistan, waterfall ice climbs in the remote Icefall Brooke region of the Canadian Rockies and more firsts in Alaska.
This year, she secured herself 17th place in the World Cup Ice Climbing in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Jen is now focusing on her next goal – to compete again in the 2013 World Cup Ice Climbing. With over 20 years of rock and ice climbing behind her no-one can doubt this athlete’s passion, dedication and commitment the vertical world.
Jen’s currently engaged in an intensive training schedule and promotional campaign, but whilst she paused for breath, Jen was happy to spend some time hanging out with girlcrushrock. Continue reading
© Jon Butters
Mina is out there crushing with the best of them as part of the British Bouldering Team. She’s dedicated her life to her love of the sport and still at 25, she’s managed to rack up 17 years of climbing experience! She recently climbed a classic sport route called Mecca, the mid life crisis at Ravens Tor in the UK. Get this girls… the route is graded at F8b+. Whoooosh! That makes Mina the first ever British female climber to climb at that grade in Britain, and the second British female to climb that grade anywhere in the world. At this point she could hang up her boots and be more than satisfied with her self, but this girl has more drive than a Formula 1 car – she’s a woman on a mission to explore, experience and grow as both a climber and a person. She was rained off for a few days on a recent trip to Yosemite unfortunately. Yet alas! Here was our chance to hang and swing with Mina for a few mins….
The ULTIMATE climber, this girl of the moment barely needs an introduction. Currently out chossaneering along the Mussandam Peninsula in Oman on a North Face Exploration Trip with the likes of Alex Honnold, girlcrushrock made it our mission to score a quick chat with this bold, extremely talented but super-down to earth british rockstar. Awesome… Continue reading
Sometimes it’s hard to relate to professional athletes when you are not one yourself. When you’re sat behind your desks, dreaming of being in the mountains or down at the climbing gym, the lucky few are out there crushing it all day, every day. Equally, for pro rockstars -the thought alone of earning a living any other way might be too horrifying to even consider for a second.
Tori Allen was just 14 years old when she grabbed Gold in the Speed Climbing Category at the X-Games, in 2002. Fast forward to 2012, where girlcrushrock was honored to hang out with the wonderfully humble, and incredibly inspiring Tori, who has experienced more in the last 10 years than others have in a lifetime – and we’re not just taking about her climbing.
For anyone out there who has a dream, or for any pro’s wondering what life might exist beyond climbing, you might like to read on… Continue reading
© Rachael Garner
Tell us what climbing means to you?
Climbing has become one of the most important things in my life. I value it in many ways. I enjoy the social aspect and I love how easily through the common ground I can connect with different people and make lasting friendships. One of my favourite things about climbing is the fact that you can explore and travel to amazing places in the world. I love how it challenges me physically and mentally and it is something I can really channel my energy into. I can forget about the pressures and stresses of life when I am climbing, whether I’m on real rock or crushing plastic.