Heather is a veterinarian turned full-time rock climber from Las Vegas, NV. She practiced small animal medicine in Las Vegas for 5 years and was a weekend warrior sport climbing on local sandstone and limestone. She met her husband Chris at the cliff, and she quit her day job to be able to pursue her passion for traveling and climbing. Since quitting her job three years ago she’s been able to push her limits with sport climbing, but recently has expanded her focus to traditional climbs. 2014 was a breakthrough year for her, redpointing her first 5.14b sport climb in Rifle, CO called Stockboy’s Revenge, and her first 13 trad line called Musta’ Been High, in Eldorado Canyon, CO, a 13c R/X. Her current projects include “China Doll,” a 5.14 trad route in Boulder Colorado.
When she’s not climbing she loves hugging all animals, yoga, reading, hiking, vegetarian cooking, and riding horses. She’s excited to continue living the climber’s life, and hopes to inspire others to reach their goals in climbing and life.
If you could invite anyone to be your dinner guest, dead or alive, who would it be? My mom. There’s something about losing your mom that takes a big chunk out of your heart and you’ll never be the same. I think about her every day and I miss her. I’d cook her dinner and we’d cheers with a glass of Chardonnay.
Do you have a spirit animal? Definitely a Unicorn.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I really wanted to be an artist- I’m naturally totally right-brained. But once I hit my twenties I realized I needed to make money and be self-sufficient, so I started embracing the sciences. But really I just wanted to draw pictures of horses all day and snuggle with animals. It didn’t come easy for me, but with a lot of work, I was able to obtain a degree in biology and become a doctor of veterinary medicine. I think climbing is the same way- you can achieve incredible things if you put your mind to it and work really hard.