We-are

Matt Fultz

I love that climbing is a way to interact with the environment.

Climbing has taken me to beautiful places, and allows me to view these places as giant playgrounds.

“Climbing has taken me to beautiful places, and allows me to view these places as giant playgrounds.”

Mau Huerta

I love that feeling of discovering new moves and new positions, it gives you the illusion that when testing some climbing or bouldering route for the first time and you know it’s hard for you, but it’s possible.

Traveling, meeting new and motivated people, seeing new places, new styles of climbing, new routes, new moves, new landscapes, living with nature, all that encompasses why climbing motivates me and makes me dream.

CLIMBING IS LIFE.

Traveling, meeting new and motivated people, seeing new places, new styles of climbing, new routes, new moves, new landscapes, living with nature, all that encompasses why climbing motivates me and makes me dream.”

Paige Claassen

I began climbing when I was 9 years old as a shy little girl with low confidence and not many friends. I began competing right away, and quickly developed the drive to push myself. 14 years later, I’m grateful I didn’t quite fit in with the other kids. Throughout my childhood, climbing taught me to be comfortable in my own skin, to pursue life with ambition, to make unexpected friends, to overcome failures, and to chase after my goals with relentless determination. What I’ve learned (and continue to learn each day) through climbing has spread to other areas of my life as well. I recently graduated from University with a degree in marketing, and I know that the determination, persistence, and will power I developed through climbing were essential to my academic achievements.

Today, I’m climbing full time and traveling around the world to share my story with others. Climbing has changed my life, and I want other young girls to enjoy the opportunity to find their confidence, their potential, and their place in the world through climbing. We won’t all grow up to be full time rock climbers. But if we take to heart the lessons we learn along the way, I know we can achieve great things. This is the message I hope to share with other young women and aspiring climbers. There will always be sacrifices along the way, but when you set your mind on a goal, you can make it happen!

“Climbing has changed my life, and I want other young girls to enjoy the opportunity to find their confidence, their potential, and their place in the world through climbing.”

Joe Kinder

Climbing in essence saved a lot of my life and geared me in a positive direction. Before I had rock climbing as a focus I was consumed with a lot of negative activities like gangs, theft, drugs. After getting in trouble repeatedly (and making my mother cry way too much) I luckily found climbing and it took me over. It provided me with so much satisfaction to this day I am still wrapped up in it the same way. A climber is taken to a beautiful place, it’s challenging, exciting, totally engaging, and something you can orient your life around. There is so much positivity in rock climbing and it’s a great outlet for anyone like me that could benefit from a healthy lifestyle.

“Climbing in essence saved a lot of my life and geared me in a positive direction. Before I had rock climbing as a focus I was consumed with a lot of negative activities like gangs, theft, drugs.”

Said Belhaj

Climbing for me has always been an expression to do what I wanted, not what someone else told me. A way to be free and follow my own path, a way to go back to the natural fundamentals of being a human, far away from what “modern western civilazion” has created. Climbing is simply one of the most natural things to do.

“Climbing for me has always been an expression to do what I wanted, not what someone else told me. A way to be free and follow my own path.”

James Pearson

If I had to sum up the important of climbing for me, in just one sentence it would be something like this. “Climbing has brought me all the best things in my life!” Whilst it might sound like a grand statement, its 100% true, as from my work colleagues to my wife, from my understanding of the world, to my understanding of my self; everything came from climbing. Im sure there are lots of sports out there that bring people the same sorts of things, but climbing is what I know and climbing is what I can talk about. Life’s beauty is in its simplicity, but to really see that, sometimes you need to look from a different point of view.

“If I had to sum up the important of climbing for me, in just one sentence it would be something like this. “Climbing has brought me all the best things in my life!”

Jonathan Siegrist

Climbing has positively influenced my life in a multitude of ways. Climbing has taught me the power of dedication and devotion. It has been a powerful vehicle for traveling – and motivated me to live and travel across the world for years. It has provided me with an incredible global community of like-minded, passionate and inspirational people. It has driven me to a deeper level of discipline and introspection than any other pursuit in my life. And most of all, it has required and encouraged me to be outside, in a myriad of incredible landscapes, through beautiful seasons, setting suns, rain, snow and sunshine; it has driven me to spend so much time outside in this amazing world.

“Climbing has taught me the power of dedication and devotion. It has been a powerful vehicle for traveling – and motivated me to live and travel across the world for years”

Lynn Hill

It’s important to remind young kids to follow their passions and dreams rather than following the trend toward consumerism and conformism. That’s really in essence what my image stands for: non-conventional, outside-the-box thinking and the importance of following our passions in life.

It seems that with all of the demands of modern life, many people don’t take enough time to simply hang out and enjoy the peace and beauty of nature. Just being outside can be therapeutic since it allows me a chance to connect with myself, my friends, and with the natural environment.

“It seems that with all of the demands of modern life, many people don’t take enough time to simply hang out and enjoy the peace and beauty of nature. Just being outside can be therapeutic…”

Tiffany Hensley

I started climbing when I was 7 years old, when I was quiet and extremely shy. When, a year later, my mom asked what I wanted to do with my life, surprised, I responded, “Rock climbing, of course!” Climbing had given me friends, goals, and dreams of traveling the world. Since then, climbing has been a staple in my life, and aside from bringing me to amazing places around the world, has also taught me to work with the community, and charge fearlessly into the world embracing things as they happen. For me, rock climbing can be an expression of the self, a way to meditate on life’s problems, and a connection that builds trust between climbing partners and groups in the community. But after visiting Escalando Fronteras, seeing the neighborhood itself, and driving the kids out to Huasteca, I saw how climbing can change the world for the better. Rock climbing is truly a resource to build confidence in the next generation.

“Climbing had given me friends, goals, and dreams of traveling the world. Since then, climbing has been a staple in my life.”

Matt Wilder

I began climbing at 14 and the sport quickly became the most important thing in my life. It’s not that it completely changed who I was. Rather it just helped crystalize myself as an individual and gave me the confidence and trust to follow my inner ambitions. Throughout my life I had been engaged in many pursuits, but I didn’t really own them. With climbing, I was the one who launched myself into the sport and the passion I felt towards it belonged solely to me. The physical and mental challenges drew me in along with the culture and the community. As a novice climber, I reveled in the adventure of going out to the cliffs and figuring things out. Now, with over 20 years of experience under my belt, there’s less figuring things out, but the deep rewarding challenges are still always there. Climbing will be with me my entire life and will always be a key component of my character. The sport has so much to give to everyone out there and it brings me pleasure to see the change it can bring about in each new climber.

“It’s not that it completely changed who I was. Rather it just helped crystalize myself as an individual and gave me the confidence and trust to follow my inner ambitions.”

Dani Andrada

Climbing has given me a better understanding of life and a love and passion to fight for.

“Climbing has given me a better understanding of life and a love and passion to fight for.”

Jimmy Webb

Where I come from things are very simple.  Life is somewhat laid out for you and everyone seems to follow the guidelines.  You go to school, you get a job, and you get married.  It’s the trend.  Some people are ok with this and some people actually want this.  For me though, I needed something more.  I needed something different.  I wanted to explore the world and do something with my life that was somewhat out of the box.  Growing up I was into a lot of different activities but nothing really stuck with me.  Then one day I met a girl who took me climbing for the first time.  I remember vividly walking into the gym and seeing the tall walls.  I was instantly hooked and I didn’t even know what it really was yet.  I just saw it as a bottom to top, pass or fail situation.  Maybe it was the challenge that drew me in but little did I know it was going to be so much more.  Climbing has opened doors for me that I would have never known possible.  It’s given me the opportunity to see foreign places, meet interesting people, and challenge myself not just physically but mentally.  I feel very fortunate to have climbing in my life.  Without it I have no clue where I would be.

“I needed something more.  I needed something different.  I wanted to explore the world and do something with my life that was somewhat out of the box.”

Gareth Leah

Born and raised in the small industrial town of Ellesmere Port in the UK, I had a misspent youth that lacked both ambition and direction.
Raised by a single mum and living in poverty, I would be constantly caught up in petty crime and mixing with the wrong crowds. Violence was an regular occurrence whether it was being attacked in the street by random thugs or watching my mum being beaten by my crazed step dad. I had a dark view of the world and resented what it could offer me.

When I first discovered rock climbing in my early twenties, I was a lost soul floating through life without direction.

Climbing changed EVERYTHING.

For the first time I had found something that I loved and looked forward too. It allowed me to view the world through a different lens, one in which I gained a fresh perspective of what this life could hold and the unbound opportunities out there if only I could realise my own potential.

When I heard about Escalando Fronteras, I felt compelled to be involved somehow and share this same lens I was lucky enough to stumble upon, with others that could benefit

“When I first discovered rock climbing in my early twenties, I was a lost soul floating through life without direction.Climbing changed EVERYTHING.”

Bruno Joel García Badillo

I began climbing after my brother died. Climbing was a great help in getting me past this event. I was not prepared at all and the sport helped me manage the pain and sadness that this caused. Climbing has given me lots of friends, the knowledge of many places, and lots of satisfaction. It is a sport full of personal challenges that forces you to look within your self, for in the end it is only you who decides how far you want to go. Climbing outside in beautiful areas connects you to things of real value that transcend material desires and the materialistic world we live in. It has forced me to look at life from a different perspective and because of that it is not only sustenance for my soul but encourages me to continue learning and growing as a person.

I began climbing after my brother died. Climbing was a great help in getting me past this event. I was not prepared at all and the sport helped me manage the pain and sadness that this caused.”

Diego Lopez Montull

Climbing has given me everything in my life. It has given me personal challenges, achievements, and dreams and in that respect is fulfills me. It has allowed me to meet amazing people, places, and have opportunities and experiences most people don’t have. Climbing was my high-school, university, it is my office and my work. Climbing has taught me that by trying something over and over again with determination, although you may fail initially, you will eventually succeed in achieving that goal or dream.

That sport has taught me that by trying something over and over again with determination, although you may fail initially, you will eventually succeed in achieving that goal or dream.”

Fernanda Rodriguez Galvan

My first encounter with climbing when I was 15, and since that summer of 2003 nothing has been the same. My mind, my goals, and my dreams became a single thing “To Climb. Climbing disciplined every aspect of my life and forged my character and gave me a an entirely different perspective on life. Climbing pushed me to my emotional, physical and mental limits. When I started competing I discovered a strange part of myself, my “ego”. I knew my greatest opponent in competition and in life was the “Ego”, something that exists in all competitors and in every human. Today I know that the most important muscle that can be trained anytime, anywhere, and under any circumstances is the mind. The hours, days and years of physical training will never bear fruit if they are not supported by positive thoughts, gratitude, humility, respect, and love for life.

Climbing disciplined every aspect of my life and forged my character and gave me a an entirely different perspective on life.”