Lizzy VanPatten - Ep. 006

Lizzy VanPatten - Ep. 006

Photo courtesy of Lizzy VanPatten

Photo courtesy of Lizzy VanPatten

It doesn’t mean that every day is super fun, objectively, type 1. But it does mean that I am bringing my best self to the table and I think that’s what happiness is.
-Lizzy VanPatten

I met with Lizzy in the small yet bustling town of Bend, Oregon. Her and the incredible team of She Moves Mountains (Jenny Abegg, Katie Paulson, Jessica Olson, Sarah Regan, Josie McKee and Tori Lesh) were leading the Opening Weekend Celebration of their rock climbing clinics in Smith Rock State Park. This legendary area, generally considered the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, is an idyllic locale for a burgeoning rock guide group like SMM.

Some final morning conversations were coming to a close as I arrived to the Bunk+Brew. I fired up a chat with Sarah as our breath visibly twirled in the cold morning air. A handful of moments later her, Jules Jimreivat, Hannah Gaddini and I piled into Lizzy's van on our way to Smith Rock. Here, during the 2nd day of the Opening Weekend Celebration; I had great pleasure of witnessing this incredible educational space for women that Lizzy has created. That her team has built with her. That means so much for so many.

Photo courtesy of Lizzy VanPatten

Photo courtesy of Lizzy VanPatten

Lizzy’s journey here has not been mapped out in the traditional since. Nor has it been marked with straight lines and predetermined destinations. Wandering through the outdoors lead to summit bids and technical climbing, which lead to traveling the world and living out of her van in search of the best rock climbing destinations she could find. Lizzy defies definition. She challenges the status quo. She moves mountains.

Lizzy recognized an underrepresentation of women guides in the rock climbing world and determined, through various ups and downs, that she would answer the call. She would raise the flag and lead the charge. She would find others to join the cause; to make the flag, help raise it with her, help keep it high when her arms became tired.

Photo Courtesy of Lizzy VanPatten

Photo Courtesy of Lizzy VanPatten

Wonderfully self aware with an infectious exuberance for life and an incredible emotional intelligence - I hope that Lizzy and her story will move you the way that it has me. I hope you’ll hear how honesty, compassion and boldness can make even the most daunting of tasks worth every ounce of energy, when the motives are pure.

As always, my friends, to your wildest self, be true.

Photo courtesy of Lizzy VanPatten

Photo courtesy of Lizzy VanPatten

Episode Links

She Moves Mountains :: Check it out and sign up!

Let My People go Surfing :: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

Climb Like Liz :: Liz Dale Scholarship through AAI

Redpoint :: Coffee, Beer and Gear in Terrebonne. If you’re going to Smith, stop here. No matter what, stop here.

AMGA Scope of Practice :: Great info for anyone seeking to be guide/instructor or utilize the services of one.

AMGA State of the Guiding Industry :: I’m a data junkie, so I love this stuff. Maybe you will too?

Eclectic Energies Enneagram Test (free!) :: I’m obsessing. Take the test, learn the things.

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