Climber Story: Kate Long

October 26, 2022 2 min read

Climber Story: Kate Long - Dynamite Starfish

To start, tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Kate and I'm a 34-year-old climber from Virginia. I spend my non-climbing (work) days in a chemistry lab mostly lighting things on fire and making them change colors.

How did you start climbing?

I was climbing anything and everything as a kid (mostly trees) and went to my first climbing gym at 10 years old. Since then, I've climbed every chance I've had. I first started leading outdoors in 2006 and have been getting outside regularly for the past 8 years.

What impact has climbing had on your life?

It has drastically increased my self-confidence and given me some incredible life-long friends.

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

I volunteer with a couple dog rescues fostering and matching adopters with available pups. It's so rewarding when I am able to find a home for a pup in need and match a family with their dream dog.

My pup Finn is also a rescue. When I'm not working or climbing, I can often be found mountain biking with him (it's really the only way to even come close to tiring him out!), or in agility class. With his mix of breeds, he's a natural!

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

It's never too late to start over, whether that's with your passion, career, or relationship. Taking the leap always feels huge, but it's oh so worth it.

Favorite thing about Dynamite Starfish?

They love all the same things I love: climbing, dogs, and snacks.


You can find Kate on Instagram at @kate.climbs.

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.

Have someone you think we should feature? Send us a message and let us know!

Until next time!

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