Gosia
  • How many years have you been climbing and how did you start?

18 years and I started as a skivvy at City Rock, doing things like kids parties. At least that’s the official start – I’ve been climbing trees and rooftops my whole life.

 

  • Most memorable experience or send?

Standing on top of a very cold and snowy Fitz Roy in Patagonia, doing Switchbitch (31), which was not my style (very bouldery) and doing my first hard send after having kids – Germinator (30).

 

  • How do you deal with the frustration of not being able to send your projects?

Channel the frustration into trying harder typically or just hanging out with buddies to have a laugh, relax and get back into a positive frame of mind.

 

  • What is the first piece of climbing advice, knowing all you do now, that you would give to yourself if you had just started climbing?

Don’t worry about not sending everything immediately, life is long and the mountains will always be there.

 

  • What is your favorite or most used piece of The Edge ZA gear?

My BD shoes and harness – the absolute essentials which I love to bits.

 

  • Any gnarly epics?

Oh, too many. The hardest being abseiling off the Fitz Roy – full day of absolute concentration after 3 days of almost total sleep deprivation. It was surreal and torturous beyond belief. The second hardest, epicing with kids in the middle of the night because of a variety of kiddy things (teething, etc). Big walls are good prep for kids, perhaps even mandatory.

 

  • What motivates you to keep climbing?

The absolute love of the movement of it and the great feeling of doing something that seemed completely out of reach. And the wonderful connections with other like-minded people.

 

  • Plans for 2021 and the future?

Climb when I can and be a great parent! Send a few more projects.

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