Team Touchstone, our competitive youth climbing team, is made up of a veritable cornucopia of crushers of all ages. Meet the kids who are representing us at competitions around the country – nay – world! This week we sat down with home town hero Annie O’Brien. Anne has been a familiar face around Berkeley Ironworks for years. But don’t let her bashful smile and ingenious Halloween costumes fool you. This girl’s a stone cold crusher.
Name: Annie O’Brien
Years climbing: 7
Years competing: 4
What are your proudest competition achievements?
I’ve qualified for four different National’s, and I won Regional’s this year for bouldering. I also have a pretty impressive climbing competition t-shirt collection, if I do say so myself.
What is your favorite style of climbing?
My favorite style of climbing is probably really powerful boulder problems set in really steep areas, because I like how there are usually multiple ways of doing these types of problems, so it’s pretty fun getting to see everybody’s different styles.
What is your most memorable climbing experience?
I ended up finishing in second during the TCS2014 Bouldering Finals at Dogpatch last year. I guess this is memorable because, even though I managed to surprise a large portion of the people there, I’m pretty sure that by far the most surprised person was myself.
What is the best think about climbing?
I really love the community involved in rock climbing and competition climbing. Also, I’m a sucker for super nerdy puzzles, so I do kind of have a soft spot for figuring out beta on problems.
What is something we don’t know about you?
I don’t admit to being good at a lot of things, but I’m an undiscovered prodigy at remembering birthdays.