Hometown: Foster City, California
Resides: San Jose, California
Years Climbing: 17
‘“I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m bored.”’
Alyse started climbing at seven but it was after her life-threatening accident that she decided to take it seriously. Alyse was told she might not be able to walk again, but not one to give up so easily, Alyse decided to become a pro climber instead.
'I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person. I love climbing because I love the challenge of conquering something greater than myself.’
Determined, she re-learned to walk and trained for two years to return to the very cra, The Pit, where she took her fall to then successfully climb No Joke (5.13b), her hardest ascent at that time. Her story has inspired people all over the world, has been featured on the cover of Rock and Ice and online for National Geographic, Mountaingirls, Outdoorwomen, and more.
‘We are naked apes floating in space on a speck of dust for a minute amount of time, do what you love and don’t take things so seriously.'
Alyse loves adventurous multi-pitch routes, makes her living as an affluent artist, can toast a mean marshmallow and do a frighteningly accurate imitation of a marmot.
‘My biggest ambition in life is to travel as much as possible, and I love that climbing not only takes you places, but takes you places that not many people get to go to. These places are even more special because you have to work to get there.’
Alyse's Blog: https://seelyseeclimb.wordpress.com/
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