Episode #45

Credit Photo Courtesy of:
Brian Poon


About this Episode

We’re not really sure how much free time training for the Olympics leaves you, but we’re pretty sure it’s not a whole lot. Which makes it all the more impressive that Kyra Condie’s resume boasts a number of climbing advocacy and inclusive access accomplishments, most notably as a member of the USA Climbing board of directors.

A climber and advocate from a young age, Kyra first learned about Access Fund and her local climbing organization, Minnesota Climbers Association, when she was on a youth climbing team in Minnesota. Inspired by the organizations’ missions to protect and steward climbing areas, Kyra found her advocacy passion in inclusive access to climbing, especially providing access to people who otherwise might not think they belong in the climbing community.

Follow along as Peter and Kyra discuss her upbringing in Minnesota, the Olympics, and what she is most passionate about in her board role with USA Climbing.

1:43- Kyra’s intro
3:31- Climbing in Minnesota
5:49- Aspirations to be a veterinarian
7:20- Prepping, qualifying and the structure of the Olympics
14:57- Kyra's beginnings in climbing advocacy
17:15- Advocacy in SLC
21:23- Climbing festivals influence on advocacy
30:51- Sentiment among Kyra's peers on advocacy
32:29- Board role with USA Climbing
39:51- Final thoughts

Kyra’s Instagram: @kyra_condie
Minnesota Climbers Association:https://www.mnclimbers.org/
USA Climbing: https://usaclimbing.org/
Home Crag video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2w77nWlPC8
Salt Lake Climbers Alliance’s “Save Little Cottonwood Canyon”: https://www.saltlakeclimbers.org/lcc-udot-eis