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Girl Crush of The Month: Lizzy Asher

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When we first met Lizzy at last month’s Iron Maiden bouldering competition (where she took second place just behind Angie Payne, BTW) we were impressed by her technique, strength, and the way she approached the day with the poise of a seasoned competitor. Well, it turns out that’s exactly what she is (and a lot more)!  Born in Austin, Texas and currently working on her PhD in Vancouver, Lizzy’s recent participation in the comp circuit has been somewhat under the radar. “I competed with great regularity all through college and until I began my PhD program at the University of British Columbia,” she explained, “I balance climbing and my other life goals sometimes with difficulty but always with great enthusiasm and true grit…I’m not happy being exceptionally good at one thing only-I would rather be very good at a few of them!”  When Lizzy isn’t climbing, she is out to sea (like, literally, on a sea vessel) for her research in oceanography and atmospheric sciences, traveling to Antarctica, the Arctic, and the Northeast Pacific.  Yet she somehow still manages to find time to climb 5.14, boulder V11 (and work V12, but we’ll get to that), and train for the upcoming World Cup Bouldering Series. So, if you haven’t heard of Lizzy yet, we have no doubt that you soon will.  Read on to find out more about our smarty-pants, seasoned, and super strong girl crush of the month!

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Flannery Shay-Nemirow’s Solo Adventure

“Climbing is just so much a part of who I am at this point
that it’s hard to say how it’s changed me.”

This video, from Savage Films, features Flannery Shay-Nemirow in the Squamish forest where she finds some beautiful boulders and tells us why she decided to postpone college to travel and climb across North America. We love her youthful confidence to pursue her passion, even if it’s not the standard choice. So as we sit here working our day jobs, let’s take a tip from Flannery and stop thinking about the adventures we want to go on and start making them happen.

Climb on!
-Mary

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