Member Spotight: Cindy

Cindy Cariens has been climbing with Vertical Rock for 2 years.

“A friend suggested I try rock climbing. The first time I stood in front of a rock wall I asked, “Ok, what do I do?”, and I’ve never looked back. Unlike most beginner climbers, I started with bouldering and it’s what I like the most.”

Rock Climbing & the VR Community have been a great way to improve her skills and rehabilitate a serious injury.

“I’ve slowly progressed with climbing while minding a serious physical constraint, but I’ve also been able to keep pushing myself in a way no amount of squats in physical therapy can. Now my training is geared toward making me a better climber.
I’ve gotten advice and high fives from the 10 year old competitive crusher and the older sage who started climbing before rock gyms even existed, alike. Whether you’re there trying an open climb for the first time, meeting a group of friends, escaping the office on your lunch break, or coming in with your family, it’s a welcoming, fun atmosphere.”

We’re so lucky to know Cindy and we welcome you to say “Hi” next time you see her at the Gym!

For new climbers… 
“#1 Traverse, traverse, traverse.  Nothing builds strength, stamina and tough hands like regular traversing.  Going up is not the only thing that defines “climbing”.  Traversing provides experience with all kinds of hand and footholds, body and balance positions, and dynamic moves without the element of height.  It’s a great warm up, too.  Set routes aren’t required — just get on a wall and start climbing across it.
#2 The top of a route is a great goal, but you don’t need it to work towards graceful, powerful, natural movement.   I don’t often boulder high because I have to be extra careful of fall impact, but I don’t let it stop me from trying sections of more difficult routes.  I’ve learned a lot about climbing technique from climbs I never saw the top of.  Don’t discount the benefit of a challenge just because you think you can’t finish the problem.”