MAXIM athlete Aicacia Young


Travelling sport climber with a love for Red River Gorge

Aicacia is a seasoned sport climber that first discovered the sport at a tiny climbing gym at Louisiana State University in 2010. She did a national exchange at the University of Kentucky and had the privilege of learning how to sport climb at the Red River Gorge, where she ultimately fell in love with steep, overhung routes. She prefers sport climbing, but occasionally you might find her bouldering wherever she can get her hands on some granite.

Climbing has taken Aicacia to some world-class destinations including Kalymnos, Squamish, Fontainebleau, Yosemite, Hueco Tanks, and more. In the next few years, Aicacia hopes to climb in China, Thailand, Spain, and Australia.

Birthday: August 9th
Home town: Austin, TX
Current home: Austin, TX
Favorite MAXIM rope: MAXIM Airliner / Dark Star

“Climbing has served as a more affordable form of therapy for me for the past 8 years. It continues to teach me more about myself than I could ever imagine.” 

Aicacia Young

Get to know Aicacia ...

What are you doing when you are not climbing? 

When I’m not climbing, I’m traveling to medical conferences for work to speak about the gut microbiome, relaxing with my dog Argo, or traveling around the world to a new destination.

What is the soundtrack of your life (favorite song)?

Though it’s not my favorite song, the song that best describes my life is “Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves. I’ve always made an effort to accept the opportunities that come my way and to walk away from the environments that no longer serve me. It doesn’t always make sense to the people around me, but following my own path has left me with a pretty fulfilling life.

Do you have any peculiar eating habits? 

I stopped eating dairy years ago due to a casein sensitivity, and I don’t eat a ton of meat. I’m a little OCD about having protein shakes before bed on training days, and I practice intermittent fasting, but that’s not all that peculiar. ;)

If you could choose a super power, what would it be?

Breathing underwater – I love the ocean, and I would love to explore it without any chance of drowning.

What was your favorite climbing adventure?

My favorite climbing adventure was probably Kalymnos, Greece. The living is easy, people are friendly, food is delicious, and the climbing is world-class.

Career Highlights

Block party

Country/City: Reimer’s Ranch, Austin, TX
Grade: 5.13a
Length: 50 ft

Block Party is this gorgeous, overhung limestone traverse at Reimer’s Ranch that I had my heart set on the first time I laid eyes on it, as an 11+ sport climber. It’s my absolute favorite route at Reimer’s and the first route that really taught me to love the process over the outcome.

Mort aux chevres

Country/City: Sikati Cave, Kalymnos, Greece
Grade: 5.12b
Length: 90 ft

My onsight skills are notoriously dreadful, so I made it a point to try harder on my onsight burns on my first trip to Kalymnos and walked away with my hardest onsight to date. My onsights almost always involve an embarrassing amount of down-climbing and second-guessing, so I usually feel like I’ve climbed 3 routes by the end of it.

Cradle Robber

Country/City: Squamish, BC
Grade: V8
Lenght: n.a.

This was my first of the grade at my favorite bouldering destination in the world. 

© Ruddock Visuals 2016, Steve Rokks

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