🚨 Woman Crusher Alert 🚨
Our ambassador, Sam, had the pleasure of chatting with ambassador, Sally Faulkner, recently. Keep reading to learn more:
Climbing can elicit such an array of feelings for everyone. Sally, at first, felt intimidated. When she started climbing over two years ago, Sally remembers getting on a hard boulder problem at the gym. When she was at the top, she heard a woman from the LCC meetup cheering her on. In that moment, she recognized the importance of women in the climbing community. As Sally pointed out, too often women tear each other down. However, in the climbing community, which can feel male dominated at times, there is an unspoken understanding and connection among women that acts as a uniting force.
Right away, Sally is hoping to get involved, jump in, and put herself out there. Her long term goal is to be able to bring women outside climbing. Outside of LCC, Sally works at CRG Warwick, both helping coach and working the front desk. She loves the welcoming, inclusive vibe. When she’s not climbing, Sally enjoys a combination of surfing, music, animals, cooking, hiking, snowboarding or anything that brings her out in nature.
She loves that climbing is an individual sport but also very community based. Sally stuck with climbing because of its supportive nature and the personal challenge of it all. She pointed out that people tend to be more excited for the climber who just got their first 5.9 than the person who just sent another 5.11 and this is something she really appreciates. Sally likes how fluid and beautiful climbing can be. She sees climbing as a way of bettering climbing, bodies, and selves.
Sally’s favorite places to climb are North Conway and the Red River Gorge. This may chance after her four month long climbing trip this summer. She equally loves multipitch trad climbing and sport climbing, but also enjoys a good bouldering session. No matter where she climbs, she is super thankful for her very positive group of climbing friends. Sally’s advice to new climbers?: Don’t get caught up in feeling intimidated. Make it your own thing. Have fun with it and keep doing it!