Leslie Kim - Ep. 009
“It’s funny how the things that occupy the most of your time, even if you don’t like them, take priority after a while.”
Leslie Kim is a Southern California native with the heart of a warrior. Whether she’s digging deep within herself to cultivate a new challenge with an unknown path or finding herself navigating imposing terrain in a sea of granite, she’s doing it with fight like you won’t believe. As an actual fighter and student of martial arts, Leslie displays a deep fascination in finding a way to navigate this world through her senses and movements.
These days, such movements include the colors, shapes and feelings of her artwork. As the designer and creator behind Dynamite Starfish, she’s working hard to bring awareness to our climbing journeys in a lighthearted and mindful format. She strives to find a means through both her business and personal interactions to create a space for individuals to be free to be themselves and approach life, the outdoors and climbing in a liberated way.
Leslie and I met some time ago in the parking lot of Intersection Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. As often happens there were friends within our separate crews and we soon found ourselves exchanging information. By which I mean, I excitedly expressed that I followed Dynamite Starfish on Instagram and that we should totally be real life friends. My millennial was showing.
Competing schedules made it difficult for us to climb together until we met for the podcast. We were treated to a stellar day of Joshua Tree climbing in a surprisingly empty park. A multi pitch adventure, classic moderate and challenging hard route had us full of stoke for the recording. Not long after, we even had a chance to travel to Denver to attend the Outdoor Retailer expo. As luck would have it, there was time in the schedule to take down 1,000+ of Flat Iron climbing in Boulder.
There’s been a surprising twist to this podcast. Not only have I met an incredible host of humans that inspire and motivate me, I’ve become friends with them. I’m so honored to call Leslie a friend and to have the opportunity to continue to learn and climb and spread good with her. I can’t wait for you to hear her story, to continue to witness her rise and hopefully have a chance to be a part of it.
As always, my friends, to your wildest self, be true.
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Climbs/Areas Mentioned in the Show
Joshua Tree National Park: The Swift :: Altitude Sickness :: (The next two were not mentioned, but we climbed them the day fo the recording) :: Toe Jam :: Bearded Cabbage
Offwidth Climbing :: Pamela Shanti Pack - The Kill Artist :: Reel Rock (preview): The Wide Boyz Take Over American Offwidth Climbing :: Now That’s What I Call a First Ascent - Ep4 - Century Crack 5.14b Pete Whittaker & Tom Randall (Wide Boyz)
Trad Climbing :: Climbing Magazine - 6 Tips for Becoming The Worst Trad Climber
Sport Climbing :: Rock & Ice - The Hardest Sport Climbs in the World