JILL SOMPEL

Hometown: Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Resides: California, where the climbing conditions are good!
Years Climbing: 9

'Perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself, is to be exposed without preperation to the life outside of his or her own sphere the sudden revelation that there is a there out there..' - Tom Robbins

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Burning Down the House 8c Jailhouse, California
  • The Juice 8b+ Jailhouse, California
  • Magnetar 8b Rifle, Colorado
  • Present Tense 8b Rifle, Colorado
  • Jailbait 8a+ Jailhouse, California
  • In the Night, Every Cat is Black 8a DWS Mallorca, Spain
  • Sardonique 8a Kalymnos, Greece
  • Oxygen 8a Smith Rocks, Oregon
  • Pren Nota 8a Siurana, Spain
  • Dark Age V11 Hueco Tanks, Texas

Jill has always been a natural athlete, competing as a gymnast until the age of 14. She was introduced to climbing during her first year of college and initially thought of it as a great way to get a fun workout, hang with friends, and spend time outdoors.  

‘I love being surrounded by nature and good friends. Nothing in the world makes me happier."

Ever since those first couple times climbing outside, Jill decided to adapt her career to prioritize climbing over working. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in Chattanooga, TN and began working as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department. After spending several years working as a travel nurse, she now works per diem (as needed) in an attempt to live a semi-retired life and climb outside as much as possible.  

‘Climbing is one of the few things that makes me feel incredibly free. Despite my nursing schedule and constant traveling, climbing is the one thing that remains constant and keeps me sane.’

Besides climbing, Jill enjoys yoga, lifting, reading, surfing, and live music in her free time. She attempts to plan her climbing trips around where her friends will be. She can be found where the conditions are good, typically in her beloved camper ‘Doug’ with her partner Brooks. These two are always psyched to be climbing and are always down for a trip.  

‘‘I am extremely grateful I found this community and sport. I love going to places all over the world and meeting like-minded, intelligent, extremely talented individuals with morals similar to my own. I love how we all just want to live out of a van, have no material possessions, work as little as possible, and sleep under the stars, all in order to maximize our time outdoors and spend quality time with each other. That's what's important in life. All the other stuff is just fluff."

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