Staff Spotlight: Cate Beebe

Question: Who are you, where are you from, and how long have you worked at Petra Cliffs?

Cate Beebe! Climber, farmer, lover of tea, books, and dogs. I'm from Connecticut originally. I've worked for Petra since October 2017, starting as a Mini Monkeys coach.

Question: What is your role at Petra Cliffs, what does the job entail, and what do you enjoy about it?

I am Climbing Center and Youth Programs manager, route setter, SumMAT Camp Director. I wear a lot of hats! I work at the front desk giving orientations, interacting with all sorts of climbers. I direct summer camp–hiring/managing SumMAT staff, managing registrations, communicating with camp families, generally making sure that camp runs smoothly. I manage Youth Programs– curriculum planning, oversight of programs, communicating with kids and families. I set climbs- mostly boulders and occasionally ropes. I love teaching lessons, especially for people just starting their journey into climbing. I enjoy the creativity of setting, kind of like kinesthetic art! Watching kids discover that they are capable and strong is awesome. And the variety of work I can do is great; never the same thing! 

Question: What is a fun fact about you that many of our members don't know?
I have a blue eyed cat that thinks she's a parrot.

Question: What do you like most about being part of the Vermont climbing community and how does your role at Petra Cliffs help you engage with other climbers in Vermont?

I love the supportive nature of the climbing community. Petra was the first family I had in Vermont! After moving here in 2017, the climbing community was welcoming and made me feel right at home. Almost immediately, I was invited climbing outside, which fueled my love of outdoor bouldering. My role at Petra is quite public (yay front desk!), so I get to know the regulars of Petra. Between talking with clients at the gym, and climbing after work, I’ve gotten to know other climbers in the community. It's great to have a sense of shared passion about the outdoors.

Question: Do you have a preferred climbing discipline (boulder/sport/trad)? If so, do you have a favorite route/problem that you'd recommend to other climbers here in the northeast?

Boulders boulders boulders! Primate and Pac Man in Smuggler's Notch are great easier climbs. Pulled Pork in Smuggs and Alone in Bolton are really cool moderate/harder climbs (both are still projects! Putting together all the moves is the hard part :-) ).

Question: What's one thing you'd like to see the gym start offering members as we upgrade to Petra 2.0?

A Women's Climbing night (I'd love to lead this!), Guiding for Boulderers (things can be hard to find in the woods...), and an Adult team/climbing league.