I was only climbing with Kathy for two days, but that was enough to see that she is an amazing person. Only been climbing for 4 years, but she crushes 12s and isn’t afraid of 13s. At the end of the day, she was “cooling down” on a 12 and saw a 14 next door and was saying how she would want to try it. In short: a very strong climber.
But her strength is not limited to her muscles. Her determination and will is inspiring. She quit her job as a nanny and started to live on the road since November. And she runs a nanny placement business. Oh, and she runs a blog that has received notable attention from some big names.
At first I was a little worried about climbing with someone so high above my grade. She proved those fears to be unfounded. She was excited for me whether I sent a 9, or or just got part way up an 11. Climbing with her really contributed to my motto of “any time on the rock is a good time.”
While I didn’t feel out of place climbing with her, she did push me farther than I would have pushed myself. I wouldn’t have lead my first 10b, followed (with a take) an 11b through a roof, or have gotten 3/4 of the way up a 12a (that I will return to someday and send).
I am very grateful to spend a bit of time climbing with Kathy.