Anna’s introduction to the outdoors came on the water through the sport of sprint canoeing. One day, her paddling team went to a local climbing gym to do some cross-training and she fell in love with indoor climbing. It wasn’t long before she was psyched on the thought of climbing outside.
With her stoke-meter high (but her gear closet and climbing knowledge low), her first venturesome forays into barefoot free soloing led to a bruised ego and a broken wrist. Regardless, she knew she’d found her calling, so she started to hang around the local crags to be mentored by more experienced climbers.
Along with climbing, she’s also hooked on the idea of self-propelled activities. It started when she began regularly riding her bike to the crag – and the crag wasn’t always close. She’s big on finding ways to combine her two favourite things. On her 18th birthday, for example, Anna celebrated by riding her bike 180km from Pemberton to Vancouver, topping 18 boulders and leading 18 routes along the way (coincidentally, this took her 18 hours). Her passion for lengthy bike tours shows no sign of stopping, and she’s cycled up to 300km a day to get to the crags.
She’s currently adventuring in Europe while studying engineering in Denmark. Long bike rides through mountain passes and climbing multi-pitch routes with big fjord views are definitely part of the plan.
Being scared doesn’t help you not get hurt.