Continuing our series celebrating Women on Lead, we have an interview with Hilary Harris, founder of Evo Rock + Fitness, which started in New Hampshire and has expanded to locations in Maine, Indiana, and soon, Colorado. In today’s interview, she dishes on growing a business, the changing face of women in climbing over recent years, and more!
CXC: Tell us a bit about your background as a climber.
HH: I started climbing in college, and have been climbing for almost 30 years. I went to college at University of Colorado, and went with some friends and my little brother who was also getting into climbing at the time. I had actually made the decision to go to University of Colorado because I loved skiing. We used to joke that climbing was a good activity in the off season of skiing, but then it became a year-round activity and I got into climbing full-time. I graduated from college and went to Europe, where I honed my technique, trained with the German team, and climbed with some incredibly strong, inspirational climbers. When I came back to the US, I was climbing hard routes and competing, but really preferred climbing hard routes so left the competition circuit. At the time it was hard to make it as a professional climber, so I went back to school for architecture.