November 23, 2021 3 min read
Hi there! My name is Katie and I'm 38 years old. My pronouns are she/her. I live part time on my sailboat in Marina Del Rey, CA and part time on the road climbing. I work remotely for a startup in the outdoor industry, as well as doing freelance photography, filmmaking, and writing.
I started climbing at age 28, after moving to Los Angeles, CA for work. At the time, I was experiencing a lot of challenges, and felt very lost and alone in a new city by myself. I was really struggling with depression so I began looking for a healthy outlet, soon discovering a climbing gym right down the street from my work. I signed up for a beginner class, and from the moment I touched that climbing wall, I was in love! Growing up, gymnastics had been my greatest passion, and I found that the balance, movement, flexibility, and mental challenges of climbing were instantly familiar. Climbing felt like coming home, so after that first day, I just never looked back.
Climbing has impacted my life in pretty much every way you can imagine; from career and relationships to my mental and physical health. I found climbing at a time when I was really struggling, and because of that, I have so much gratitude and passion for this sport. It really saved me. Climbing helped me discover and re-discover a lot of things; confidence, community, joy, purpose, self-worth, curiosity, a desire to explore and learn, and very importantly, a way to step beyond myself to help and support others. Climbing introduced me to new friends, my partner, new skills and learning opportunities, and even a new career that I love. So yeah, climbing is pretty much the best!
Outside of climbing, I also sail, paraglide, and surf, and just really enjoy being in nature! I am also passionate about photography and film, and find so much happiness in capturing moments and memories.
You are enough, and wherever you're at in life, it is perfectly okay!
Dynamite Starfish is amazing! I love that this is not just a brand, but a community where we can shares stories, talk about important things, encourage each other, and celebrate inclusivity and individuality.
Currently, my biggest project is not actually climbing related. A few years ago I bought an old sailboat, which I learned how to sail and also live in part time. My boat is over 50 years old, and I am so excited to have started a massive restoration project. Patching, painting, wood work, new rigging, new sails, updated wiring, etc. I am doing all the work myself and it's such a rewarding labor of love to see this boat start to shine again! Anyone want to go sailing?!
You can find Katie Jo on Instagram at @katiejo.myers
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