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Stoked at Home: Vikki Weldon on Howe Sound Trad

Weldon makes quick work of The Whale Vein above the Howe Sound

The Arc’teryx Climbing Academy took place in Squamish last summer and top Canadian climber Vikki Weldon spent some of the festival sampling the amazing oceanside granite above the Howe Sound.

In the below clip, Weldon climbs The Whale Vein 5.11d, one of many routes established by her brother, Chris, over the past few years from his boat The Sea Flea.

“I started climbing when I was about eight years old, following in the footsteps of my older siblings,” said Weldon. “What started out as tumbling around in the climbing cave of the Calgary Climbing Centre in my water shoes has turned into a full blown love affair and life long passion for the sport.”

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Hope everyone had a good weekend! We have a couple more healthcare workers in our climbing community who have allowed us to feature them. Next is Vikki Weldon. Thank you, Vikki! 🙂 . 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐡? The ideal of small town living and accessible world class rock climbing wrapped up in a perfect package. . 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞? I am a registered nurse at Lion's Gate Hospital in the Emergency Department . 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲? It was the rock that attracted me to Squamish, but it's people are the reason I stay. . 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐮𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐧𝐚𝐩𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐬? Go to work, wash hands, change into scrubs and put on mask and safety glasses, wash hands, learn about another new policy change, wash hands, prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and wash those hands! . 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰? I've started taking online yoga classes, walk my dog on the local trails, and have a puzzle on the go! . 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐪𝐮𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐲? Right now, lot's of mixed emotions…."That's the way the world goes 'round. You're up one day and the next you're down" – John Prine

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