Sophia Kim ’08: “Sick Nastiness” Rock Climbing in Lander, WY

Wesleying has received a brief transmission from Sophia Kim ’08, an E&ES major who is now living it up in Lander, WY (2101 miles from here, but it’s a pretty straight shoot on I-80), climbing large rocks on the daily and appearing in sweet videos about “beautiful climbing, wonderful people.” The video below features Kim around the minute mark along with a number of fellow Lander locals (additionally, “my bloody finger is featured around 1:30”). Click past the jump for a brief interview with Kim as well. Bon voyage!

Lander Rock Climbing from Kyle Duba on Vimeo.

How long have you been living in Lander? What brought you there?

I’ve been living in Lander since the beginning of 2011. I moved out here because to work at the NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Rocky Mountain Branch and also due to the accessibility to climbing around here. I grew up in Annapolis, MD, playing lacrosse and continued to play as a Cardinal. I was fairly dedicated to lacrosse outside of E&ES, but after thirteen years, I was ready to move onto something new that was also physically and mentally challenging.

How did you get involved in climbing?

I first learned the basics during a PE course at Wes, but didn’t begin to seek it out until after graduation. I spent the following two years after Wes in Connecticut for work, and there I was welcomed into the Prime Climb community (a climbing gym in Wallingford).  I learned how to climb on good old Connecticut traprock at cliffs such as Ragged Mountain and Pinnacle. 

What have you learned from your climbing experiences?

My efforts in climbing have taught me a lot beyond the physical act in and of itself. Namely, it’s reinforced that failure is part of the process toward success, and I’ve learned how to find ease and relaxation while physically exerting myself to the max.

Were you involved in climbing/outdoorsy stuff at Wes?

Not really, I bouldered here and there with some people from the Outing Club, and spent a lot of time in the field for E&ES studies. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely have been more involved!

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