Why does everyone ask this question
and why does it matter? Are you trying to classify me?
5'6" and fairly skinny.
Independent since I was 18 years old.
How did you get into climbing, Jody?
I met climbers while I was hiking
in Torres del Paine. It seemed like it was challenging and a lot of fun. I took
a class at my college when I returned to the States. I liked it so much I was
at the gym everyday it was open. FRB:
Where do you like to climb, Jody?
Pretty much any major climbing destination. My particular favorites are RMNP,
Fontainbleau, and Squamish, BC. The Red River Gorge is a whole lot of fun, too.
Who do you usually pull with?
Whoever would like to going climbing with me. I climb a lot with my old roommates
from 110 Mohawk, my two current roommates in Estes Park (Dylan and Marlon), and
sometimes just by myself.
Why do you live in Estes Park?
It's closer to the climbing, cheaper to live, has seasonal work opportunities,
and doesn't really have any places to spend my money. I already work at Ed's
Cantina so I get discounts. I do go down to Boulder a lot.FRB:
What about the winters up in Estes? How do you train?
Umm, I've never spent a whole winter in Colorado.FRB:
What else do you do for fun?
Between work and climbing I don't have much time. I guess I go out occasionally.
I like hanging out at the coffee shop in the morning. Every so often I get on
these kicks and I'll have some sort of projects. I just bought a Tiger RV that
I think I'll be fixing up soon. That's not really fun. I'll be taking some online
classes in the fall to work on my biochemistry (third) degree. I think school
is fun.FRB: Who is inspirational
to you in your climbing?
I get more inspired my the people I continuously see out climbing. There is a
girl at The Spot who is
there all the time. I think she is there because she loves climbing. That's inspirational!
How do you like to spend your down time?
What down time? Like when I'm injured. I spend it soaking in a pool of my own
What have you sent lately?
Nothing but I'd like to think I'm having a lot of fun repeatedly falling off my
projects.FRB: What projects
do you have right now?
I kind of shy away from answering questions like this. It makes me feel uncomfortable.FRB:
Any trips coming up for late summer or fall?
Hell yeah! I can't make up my mind yet but .... If I go West I'll go to Yosemite
(it's been five years since I've been). If I go East I'll go to the Red River
Gorge and surrounding bouldering areas. And then I do a couple of months in Hueco
Tanks to hopefully get stuff from last year done. I'd also like to get back to
Europe. FRB: What sports or
activities did you do when you were younger?
I competed in Hunter/Jumper horse shows. On Wednesdays of every week we would
have to take our stirrups off and jump the courses with only our thigh muscles
to keep us on. I like to think that's why I like compression problems. I also
took piano lessons for eight years. My only non-climbing related activity! I never
could properly reach an octave.
Have you gotten any first female ascents?
I'm starting to feel like getting the FA is more like a competition. I'd rather
consider myself on a non-gender specific playing field. So it would be more like
getting the 106th ascent.
What about sponsorship?
Christian Griffith at Verve
has been very kind and given me a lot of clothes. However I don't really have
any sponsors. Sometimes I struggle with sponsorship because I think it can really
mess with the purity of climbing. I climb because I love it and I send things
as a by-product of that. However, I would like to be sponsored by a company that
considers me as an athlete and is interested in helping US women excel in climbing,
especially considering how far behind we are compared to the European climbers.FRB:
Thanks for the Interview, Jody.
You're welcome. Thank you.