Member of the Month: Why do YOU climb?
Meet Jany... or JJ as she is affectionately known by both staff and climbers
Do you know what JJ’s Member number is? It’s one. Yup, she has been here since the beginning. A constant positive influence on those around her, JJ is always down to give beta or just simple encouragement both in the gym and at the crag. Anyone who meets her instantly falls for her smile and good vibes, it’s no wonder she is our Member of the Month this month.
When we asked Jany “Why do you climb?” she responded:
“Why do I climb….because it is as essential as breathing and drinking water for me. It gives me a deeper connection to life and as a cancer survivor, I will take the deepest connections I can and embrace every moment of it. The problem solving in climbing has helped me navigate through hardships in life and it has taught me how to 'send’ all the challenges thrown my way. It stimulates my mind like no other sport and its physical demands have kept my body strong to be able to endure chemotherapy and the long-term side effects that came with the treatment. Climbing also provides me with endless inspiration for my art. My love for the sport can’t be summed up in a paragraph :)”
He's a favourite among our community for his awesome attitude, and for repping the gecko on and off the wall. Dante has embraced the climbing community and culture at a young age; ready to pull hard at every chance. Dante was a member of our youth Academy and remains a staple around the gym usually by the bouldering wall.
When we asked Dante why he climbs, he gave us a simple answer: "Because it’s fun."