Hey everyone! We're pretty deep into this COVID-19 quarantine, and I hope you all are staying sane. Please tell us about your FFA's (first-fridge-ascents) and how you've turned your cast iron skillet into the best training tool... EVER. With so much time on our hands, we'd be amiss not to put out a new Climber Interview. So get your favorite quarantine snack or beverage handy for this week's interview with Dominique Barry!
Dominique is a climber who turned his passion for athleticism and the outdoors into a full time career. He is the Head Coach of the LAX Competition team, and after many local run-ins and admiring from afar, we're thrilled to have him on our Climber Interview series. When Dom isn't climbing, you'll probably find him surfing somewhere in Southern California.
Source: Instagram @The_DommyLama
To start, what are a few ways you identify yourself? (some examples: name, age, pronouns, type of work you do.) But really, anything you believe is important. Hi my name is Dominique Barry (most people just call me Dom). I am a 29 year old athlete based out of Lakewood, California. I feel very fortunate to be able to call coaching climbers of all ages, shapes, and backgrounds my "Job". I am currently Head Coach of Sender One LAX Competition Team.
How did you start climbing? I was snowboarder living in Lake Tahoe, and after numerous injuries and a bad break up I found myself looking for a way to rebuild and be as active as I could during summer months. I have a pretty addictive personality so after one visit to the local climbing gym High Altitude Fitness it was a wrap. I progressed rather quickly thanks to the community of climbers and mountain athletes who were stoked to help me out any way they could. As a matter of fact shout out to the Tahoe crew... you all know who you are.
What impact has climbing had on your life? Climbing has changed my life in so many ways. The two most meaningful to me has been connecting with other POC and indigenous people who have a story similar to mine. Being the only person who looks like you; doing things that were deemed "not for us", and allowing passion to push us to keep on keeping on. Climbing has also given me a platform to help positively influence the youth in any way I can.
Source: Instagram @The_DommyLama
What are some other things you do that you find most fulfilling? Honestly I'm a simple man. Anytime I can push myself outdoors and stoke out whoever is around I'm happy. Whether its in the water surfing, on the mountains snowboarding, or at the crag climbing its all good.
If you could tell the world one thing, what would it be? Each one Teach one
Favorite thing about Dynamite Starfish? My favorite thing about Dynamite Starfish is that it is a company fueled by passion and is for the people.
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We hope you have enjoyed these sneak peeks into climbers' lives. We're on a mission to share diverse stories about rock climbing. Let's push the boundaries of who we know as climbers. Let's use our energy and passion for the outdoors to love our environment and inspire one another. Have someone you think we should feature? Send us a message and let us know! Until next week!