Amy started climbing at age 8 through a series of recreational climbing groups, until she joined Calgary’s youth competitive team in 2010. Since joining, Amy went on to become Provincial and National Champion for her age category in 2013, and represented Canada as part of the Youth National Team at World Championships and other international events in Europe, Asia and South America. After graduating high school, Amy travelled around China and Southeast Asia for five months with the idea of experiencing food, culture and as much new rock as possible. After only a few sporadic outdoor climbing sessions during her school-years, this trip was the kick starter behind her sport climbing career, and was highlighted by the ascent of her first 5.13 and a handful of other redpoints. After completing her final year as a youth competitor, Amy’s looking forward to continuing as a competitor on the adult circuit and pursuing outdoor projects in the Bow Valley.
Favorite Movie? The Sharp End. It was the first climbing movie I ever saw, and my first impression of what outdoor climbing was supposed to be like. Until I actually got out there, I thought it was totally standard for climbers to break both their legs on a sketchy new first ascent, or to smash their head open on an extreme big-wall (Ammon McNeely, I’m looking at you).
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? To cook really, really, well. I can make a mean breakfast sandwich, and I know how to eat healthy, but I lack the talent and motivation for any kind of fancy dish.
If you could invite anyone to be your dinner guest, dead or alive, who would it be? Hunter S. Thompson. That guy was crazy.