First: A huge THANK YOU to Olivia for her dedication to Petra Cliffs over the years. We wish her all the best as she embarks on her next adventures in college and around the world! Olivia-- you rock!
Question: Who are you, where are you from, and how long have you worked/climbed at Petra Cliffs?
My name is Olivia, I live in Burlington right near Petra Cliffs. I started climbing at Petra Cliffs when I was around 8 on one of the youth climbing teams and continued on the climbing team until I graduated high school. I starting working at Petra Cliffs helping out with the mini monkeys when I was a freshman in high school.
Question: What is your role at Petra Cliffs, what does the job entail, and what do you enjoy about it?
I currently am a summer camp counselor and also one of the coaches for the Pro climbing team. As a camp counselor I get to take kids outside and introduce them to many new activities. I really like watching them push themselves to try things that are new and scary for them. As a coach for the pro team I work with young climbers who are training to compete at a high level. I like coaching this team because everyone on it is very motivated and hardworking.
Question: What is a fun fact about you that many of our members don't know?
I am just finishing up a gap year before I head to Skidmore College in the fall. I love animals and so I chose to spend two months working on a goat farm in Florida over the winter. I learned a lot about animal care and how to make cheese, yogurt, soap,and lotion.
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?
The climbing community in Vermont is very open and welcoming. Climbing at Petra cliffs you meet so many climbers and create many connections.
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?
Inside I prefer bouldering, but outdoors I’m definitely more of a sport climber. I just went to Lone Rock for the first time a few days ago, and it was super cool so I would definitely recommend checking it out.
Question: What's one thing you'd like to see the gym start offering members as we upgrade to Petra 2.0?