Climber Story: Lori Walz

August 10, 2022 2 min read

Climber Story: Lori Walz - Dynamite Starfish

To start, tell us a little bit about yourself

I am 56 and married to my hubby Bryon for 37 years. I have 3 kids, 2 grandchildren, and 3 dogs. I work in medical sales.

How did you start climbing?

I started climbing late in life at around 50.

What impact has climbing had on your life?

Climbing has been amazing! I would have never imagined at this age I would be traveling all over to climb at different places. It has taught me to put myself out of my comfort zone and to overcome my fears. Several years ago, I took a long fall leading a route and had a minor injury. The fall messed with my mind and I could not lead again until this year when I finally decided to push past what I thought I couldn’t do and face my fear. Climbing has made me realize that I am not too old to try new things!

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

Besides rock climbing, I love to ice climb and my hubby and I go canyoneering a lot. Two years ago, I started power lifting to keep my strength up and found that, besides strength, it has given me self confidence to continue doing all the things I love. I am passionate about dogs and volunteer with Healing Hearts Rescue where I foster and do medical transports.

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

You are NEVER too old to give something new a try! Don't use your age as an excuse. 

Favorite thing about Dynamite Starfish?

I love the variety!!

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

I am working on marking off my bucket list. I have summited the Grand Teton and climbed Devils Tower. Two more items on my bucket list are to climb in Yosemite which I am doing in September and compete in a power lifting competition which I am going to do in February.

You can find Lori on Instagram at @nevertoooldinmn.

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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Until next time!

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