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Em Pellerin Climbing 5.12 Trad Again Post-Surgery

Em Pellering is currently climbing steep routes in Mexico, eight months after having shoulder surgery

Photo by: Bernardo Hurtado

Em Pellerin has been one of Canada’s top trad climbers for the past few years, with an onsight of The Shadow 5.13a on University Wall and a repeat of La Zébrée 5.14 in Quebec. It’s been eight months since she had shoulder surgery and she’s back to climbing strong.

Pellerin, who’s originally from Quebec was recently living in Golden, B.C., but travelled south to climb around Guadalajara and Jilotepec in Mexico, where she’s reported sending a few impressive lines. Earlier this week, she onsighted a three-pitch 5.12c trad route called Odisea. Pellerin then flashed a hard sport climb, saying, “I’m slowly back into climbing and just flashed my first 8a [5.13b]. It feels embarrassingly great to be able to lift my arm up again.”

In this interview with Pellerin, she told Gripped, ” I believe there is no other way to training for onsighting than actually doing it as often as possible. Every route I hop on, no matter what the grade is, I give my 100 per cent and believe I can do it. I love onsighting because it makes me feel free, it’s all about how quickly and well you adapt to a new situation that is right in front of you and not about how you remember precise sequences and execute them perfectly.”

Watch a short film on Pellerin below called Em, which was directed by Alexa Fay, and be sure to follow her on Instagram.


Lead photo: Bernardo Hurtado