Stone Gardens Seattle Chapter Co-Coordinator
founder of Never Stop MOving
I am afraid of heights.
Topping out on outdoor boulders scares me.
I love trad climbing and alpine climbing.
I am not a woman who isn’t scared of climbing….in fact climbing scares the crap out of me all the time. But that’s why I love it. It constantly pushes me and the women in the climbing community provide me support, compassion and the motivation to get stronger, physically and mentally.
I used to hate going to the fitness gym and therefore climbing was the only activity I did to stay in shape. A friend showed me how training for climbing and performing specific exercises can make me a stronger climber and allow me to feel more confident as a person. I want other women to feel confident in their climbing and about themselves as a whole, which is why I started the Training for Climbing Clubs.
I want to create a community of women who support one another and are inclusive, who want to expand their climbing education and work together to achieve their rock climbing goals. I want to create a community of friends who push each other and makes each other feel important and powerful. Never Stop Moving is that community.
Stone gardens seattle Chapter Co-Coordinator
I started climbing in college and have been off and on climbing since then but never consistently. After moving to Seattle, I got a gym membership and began climbing more frequently. However, I never felt like I was getting any better. I joined NSM back in the fall and I love it. The community is so supportive, it challenges me positively and I can feel myself improving. Working with other people keeps me motivated and keeps it fun!
My goals this year are to climb outside more and to learn how to lead. Apart from climbing, I love hiking/backpacking, taking my dog on adventures, and baking.
I am super excited to join the club coordinator team and to crush goals with a badass crew of womxn.
summit Everett, WA Chapter Coordinator
I started climbing indoors in early 2017 when I first visited a climbing gym with UW Northwest Women. I was instantly hooked and impressed with the camaraderie around what I had previously thought was an individual sport. Since then, I've learned to top rope and recently took a lead climbing course. I love introducing my friends and family to the sport, and I am excited to get involved with NSM to help foster a supportive, fun female-centric climbing environment.
I am an avid trail-runner and climbing is the perfect way to build strength and improve movement and mobility. It's helped me overcome my fear of heights and build my self-confidence.
During the day, I work at a waste collection company in South Seattle. I have a bachelor's degree in environmental science and am passionate about recycling and waste reduction. I also have been a painter my whole life and hope to get in some plein air time while at the crags this year.
Vertical World - Seattle Chapter Coordinator
I started climbing a year ago as a way to hang with my ski friends outside of winter, and quickly realized it's not only totally awesome but also a great way to learn ways to work through my anxiety. As a training club coordinator I hope to provide women-identifying folk with the proper tools, encouragement, and empowerment for some sick sends.
When I'm not climbing, I'm daylighting as an early childhood educator or shredding gnar on the slopes of Steven's Pass. I'm a casual backpacker and cyclist, and hope to get into some mountaineering this summer as well. I also love volunteering for basically anything I can, watching terrible movies with my cat, and cooking for my friends.
Seattle Bouldering Project Chapter Co-Coordinator
I started bouldering indoors early in 2018 and took an outdoor sport climbing class over the summer. I've fallen in love with the challenge and accomplishments that come with the sport, though the heights still sometimes get to me! Over the summer I started climbing with NSM during the Exit 38 Series and am excited to be co-leading the SBP training nights starting Spring 2019!
I moved to Seattle in May 2015 from Chicago and absolutely love the PNW. I work in IT Security for Electronic Arts, protecting video games from hackers and fraudsters. My other hobbies include hiking, traveling, and volunteering with animals. I am a team lead at Seattle Animal Shelter for critters (any animal that isn't a cat or dog) and the guinea pig foster coordinator. I also volunteer at Pasado's Safe Haven with goats, pigs, cows and other barnyard friends and work once a month at a spay/neuter clinic.
Seattle Bouldering Project Chapter Co-Coordinator
In 2018, I started bouldering regularly and learned how to top rope. As a beginner, I was looking for lead climbers who I could tag along with outside. I joined NSM to climb with at Exit 38 after work, and stuck around for the community.
I love climbing with other people because they push me to try problems I normally would've avoided. I've found women focused communities to be the most supportive, resourceful, and fun. I'm excited to co-lead training sessions with Elise and watch everyone crush it!
My 2019 goals are to go on a rock climbing oriented vacation (in 2018, I regretted not rock climbing more in Thailand, or at all in Ireland, Taiwan and Japan.. Climbing has changed how I plan vacations!), try outdoor bouldering, and learn how to swim. Aside from climbing, you can catch me snowshoeing, hiking, traveling, hosting dumpling making parties and eating my way through Seattle.
stone gardens - bellevue, WA Chapter Coordinator
Seven years ago I was that shy girl climbing on auto-belays in the corner of a small gym in Warrenville, IL. Climbing was always fun, but having the courage to ask for belays from strangers was challenging. I made a new friend who was persistently encouraging and soon I found myself in a climbing group that felt like a close-knit family. Every week we’d climb till closing time, caravan across the road for $5 pizzas, and farewell goodnight in a parade of hugs. We supported each other in getting our first lead tags, set boulder problems in a home garage, and scaled up single pitches on Devil’s Lake Baraboo Quartzite. It is from these experiences, where my love for climbing & friendship started flourishing.
Now living in Seattle, I’m stoked to grow my leadership skills in the NSM community and for us to collectively support each other in the spine-tingling and confidence-boosting sport we love. Join me for indoor training, and whether it’s a 5.7 or 5.11, let’s crush it outdoors!
When the climbing shoes come off, I add beta to Mountain Project, work as a marketing specialist, seek out the most scrumptious Seattle fare, explore avenues of artistic expression, and get high on endorphins through running and hiking.
Momentum Seattle co-Coordinator
I started bouldering at the indoor rock wall at the Recreation Center at Western Washington University and learned to top rope in Tucson, Arizona. I have only recently gotten into climbing outdoors, as I just completed my first summer of NSM’s Exit 38 Series. I immediately fell in love with the adventure that comes along with long approaches through evergreen trees to real, mossy & only sometimes wet PNW rock. I truly enjoy the sense of community that climbing builds and am looking forward to building my strength and knowledge through involvement in NSM.
Momentum seattle co-Coordinator
I am a recent transplant from San Antonio, TX. I have been climbing for nearly four years and since the day I climbed outdoors at Reimer’s Ranch outside Austin, TX I found ways to integrate climbing into just about every thing I do. I am the friend that has a climbing frame of reference for every topic, so brace yourself for constant climbing jokes and puns.
I have become an active member of Never Stop Moving because I am passionate about introducing women to climbing and interested in expanding my social network of confident, independent and talented women climbers. NSM has created an environment that fosters a safety net for having fun, developing your climbing skills, and expanding your love and appreciation for the great outdoors. Who wouldn't want to be part of something like that? I hope you see you soon at one of the many NSM events!
Wild Walls, Spokane WA
I recently moved from Seattle to Logan, Utah. So far I am amazed by the outdoor recreation that Utah has to offer. I’m looking forward to exploring my new home with friends that share my passion for climbing.
For me climbing offers an intersection of three really great things: an intimate perspective of the outdoors, a continuous challenge, and genuine people. I started climbing while attending college in Eastern Washington. I liked the workout climbing provided but even more it helped me to completely focus my busy mind on a single task--getting up the wall. Even today I find climbing meditative.
After years of graduate school and international travel funded by random seasonal employment, I moved to Seattle where I joined Never Stop Moving. My experience as part of NSM was overwhelmingly positive. I became a more confident climber and met some truly exceptional friends. My nostalgia for the Seattle group and my desire to get to know my new community have motivated me to start the Utah chapter of NSM!
Elevation Rock Gym, North Logan Ut
I've been climbing on and off for about 5 or 6 years now. It took me until my late 20's to find the sport and I kick myself all the time for not jumping into the climbing world sooner. In the early days of my climbing journey I did a lot more sport climbing. However, over the years bouldering stole my heart. I love the challenge of bouldering. It requires strong, dynamic moves and has helped me focus on technique. Climbing has also given me a new way of exploring the outdoors.
Over the years, climbing has taken me to some of my favorite places like Maple Canyon and Joe's Valley in Utah all the way to Paynes Ford and Kangaroo Point in New Zealand and Australia. Climbing also helped me find love! My husband Mitch and I met at a local climbing gym and the rest is history. We now have a daughter named Roxie and we can't wait for her to start climbing with us. Outside of climbing I also enjoy boating and wakeboarding, making fancy cakes, photographing my kid, and skiing.
When I joined the NSM group, it gave me the support and motivation to start training and get back into climbing shape after having a baby. Most of my climbing experiences have been shared with a small group friends, but the NSM program helped me expand my climbing circle. I found a great community of women that share my enthusiasm for this sport. I look forward to expanding my climbing network as the NSM chapter grows in Utah.
Climbing Club Team
Social Event Coordinator
Climbing has become such an integral part of my life in the last 4 years; it is probably the most passionate I have been about something since college! It keeps me active and sane and happy.
One of the best parts of climbing is the community, especially the women. There is something magical about crushing it at the crag with a group of ladies who are strong, smart, encouraging, and FUN!
I have noticed great improvement in my climbing in the last few months & I absolutely credit NSM for that. My confidence in myself has been taken to the next level and I am attempting routes that I didn’t think I would have the strength or mental capacity to tackle. NSM has provided a welcoming and inclusive environment for me to ask questions and try new things without feeling self-conscious.
I am thrilled to be able to give back in some way to this community. Can’t wait to keep learning, improving, and being inspired by all you rock star babes out there!
I recently moved to the Seattle area from Virginia after transferring to McChord Air Force base. I had always been into hiking and trail running, so moving to the mountains was an absolute dream come true. I stumbled upon Seattle Bouldering Project and knew right away climbing was going to be my thing. My first climb outside was at Exit 38, and so far, I have made it to beautiful sites at Smith Rock, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, and Mount Erie.
There’s just something so mentally, physically, and emotionally satisfying in hugging rock, walking around barefoot, and connecting with nature. It has truly been my spiritual healing during times of stress and doubt. The sense of community has also been a large component of this magical sport. It’s incredible to come together with women of all backgrounds and abilities who have this shared wild passion of playing in the dirt together, laughing, sharing snacks and stories, and fueling the fire for a happy life! When I’m not at the gym or crag, you can find me playing or fixing guitars, or at the flightline where I’m an Air Force C-17 jet propulsion specialist.
Influenced and inspired by nature, the human condition and chasing endless experiences, I shoot to capture photos and share stories of adventure, passion and the connection between all things.
Over the last year, my path ventured into the world of climbing. It quickly became a passion because climbing challenges me to look into the unknown, face my fears and push myself beyond where I believe my limits to be. Climbing is a moving meditation that’s given me a new way to explore my mind and body with greater depth. When I’m on the wall I’m there, nothing else has my attention, I’m present and fully aware of myself in relation to my surroundings - it’s exciting and humbling.
I want to live a life of adventure and share the thrill of it through photography and storytelling so I can encourage and support others who want to find connections and journey deeper into the world of exploration. I’m excited to be part of this rising community in Seattle, there’s no better place lay roots than here in the Pacific Northwest!
Social Media Coordinator
Four years ago, I began my climbing journey the same way most do.. In a gym. That night lead me to joining the gym’s climbing team for two years, taking me across Washington and Oregon, competing and doing some climbing outside. Now, I enjoy trad, multi-pitch and ice climbing! One of the beautiful things about climbing is you never stop learning, and I have had the wonderful opportunity to help some friends get into rock climbing, inspiring another passion of mine, and learning lessons from them. Encouraging and coaching others is almost as fun as climbing itself. Spreading climbing to those in and out of our wonderful community is something I am passionate about, and happy to be apart of the NSM team!
I started climbing pretty recently, banging my knees on the wall in a sketchy bouldering gym in Pittsburgh before I moved to Seattle a couple of years ago. Since I moved here, the climbing gym and climbing trips have been the best way to meet great, genuine new friends. I like backpacking even more, but climbers make me want to continue learning more about the sport just so I can be around them. I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2016 and still live outside as much of the time as possible. When I'm indoors I build exhibits at the Pacific Science Center and stare longingly at mountains through the window.
Years Rock Climbing: 2 years
Favorite Climbing Destination: North Cascades, WA
Favorite Type of Climbing: The kind that is mostly hiking (Alpine Climbing)
Fun Fact: I can eat 3 lbs of strawberries in one sitting
Years Rock Climbing: 3 years
Favorite Climbing Destination: Red Rocks, LV & Indian Creek, UT
Favorite Type of Climbing: Traditional Climbing
Fun Fact: I traveled around and lived in an RV for the last 1.5 years!
Years Rock Climbing: 13 years
Favorite Climbing Destination: Smith Rock, OR & Mazama, WA
Favorite Type of Climbing: Sport but trad is *almost* equally enjoyable!
Fun Fact: Many moons ago in Bolivia I decided to mountain bike down the deadliest road in the world aka "Death Road". I had no idea how to shift gears on a bike. But somehow I survived. Intact.
Years Rock Climbing: 6 years
Favorite Climbing Destination: Tucson, AZ (Mt. Lemon)
Favorite Type of Climbing: Sport Climbing
Fun Fact: I’m a twin!
Years Rock Climbing: Climbing since October 2017!
Favorite Rock Climbing Destination: So far Vantage, but I'm looking forward to climbing Smith Rock, Squamish, and Red Rock.
Favorite Type of Climbing: Sport climbing! I'm learning trad climbing this spring (March/April 2019)
Fun Fact: I also love mountaineering and painting landscapes in acrylic and gouche.
Years Rock Climbing: 7 years
Favorite Climbing Destination: Smith Rock, OR; Vantage, WA and Skaha, BC
Favorite Type of Climbing: Sport Climbing
Fun Fact: My #1 crag meal is a veggie sandwich with Three Girls Bakery roasted garlic bread, hummus, avocado and yellow bell pepper.
Years Rock Climbing: 4 years
Favorite Climbing Destination: Red Rock, NV and El Protrero Chico, Mexico
Favorite Type of Climbing: Sport Climbing and Traditional Climbing
Fun Fact: In addition to climbing I love road cycling. I am one of the many PNW riders that has ridden from Seattle to Portland.
Years Rock Climbing: 4 years
Favorite Climbing Destination: Vantage, WA
Favorite Type of Climbing: Sport Climbing
Fun Fact: I like to dance salsa, bachata, & Zumba
Years Rock Climbing: 11 years
Favorite Climbing Destination: Squamish, BC
Favorite Type of Climbing: Trad Climbing
Fun Fact: I have a Chihuahua-Cocker Spaniel-White Shepherd mix dog named Baker after Mount Baker, the first glacier climb I completed!