Climber Story: Izabel Snow

January 10, 2024 3 min read

Climber Story: Izabel Snow

To start, tell us a little bit about yourself

Hi there! I'm Izabel, I'm 27, I work at REI and do some copywriting on the side. I love rocks (shocker) and stars, collect bottle caps and keys, and can be found wandering in the woods looking at the sun through the trees. 

How did you start climbing?

A friend in college introduced me to bouldering, but with zero confidence I was too afraid to go on my own. A year or so later, my friends got cold feet for a pole dancing class and I was able to exchange it for belay lessons (thank you groupon). Then I found a top rope course in my last semester of college and slowly started building up my strength, confidence, and community. 

 

What impact has climbing had on your life?

I've been in various clubs and tried other sports, but there is something to be said for the climbing community. There is no one more uplifting or supportive. From VB-V17, 5.3-5.15 and beyond, there is stoke for your send. You tried, left some skin on the wall, got chalk in your eye (that's why I'm crying I swear) and guess what, no matter the outcome you belong here. You are a climber.

Within this amazing community you really see just how personal climbing is to everyone. When I first started I couldn't even dead hang. If my feet cut off a roof I would drop. Now I'm getting to the top of sport routes and working on my trad skills. To have visible and tangible proof of progress is so satisfying. I didn't catch that move last week, but this week I did AND I got even further. Mabye next week I'll send it!

I think a common and very human struggle is our purpose and our why. Where did my zeal for life go? Don't worry, it's not gone far. Keep trying, keep pushing, sit in the sun, find a friend, make connections, most importantly keep climbing. I believe in myself and I believe in you too.

What are some other things you do that you find most fulfilling?

I love making things. I crochet scarves to donate in the cooler months. When I have time I volunteer at the Humane Society (climb and pet all the dogs right?!) and try to belay for my local Parkinsons group and adaptive climbing groups. 

If you could tell the world one thing, what would it be?

Believe in yourself. Believe in yourself. Believe in yourself. Even if you have to lie to yourself at first. You CAN do it.  

Favorite thing about Dynamite Starfish?

A supportive community with merch I identify with, what could be better! I've even met an ambassador or two at some of my favorite local crags. It feels good to see real people creating space and making things for a community I believe in. 

Is there something you're working on that you'd like to tell our community about? We love a good story.

I'm not working on anything big but little things go a long way. Be kind. You never have the whole story and everyone could use a little grace.


You can find Izabel on Instagram at @yokochi1.

Want to get to know more of the climbers in the amazing Dynamite Starfish community? Check out our archive of Climber Stories here.

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.

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