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VIKKI WELDON

Canadian climber with multiple national titles

Growing up amidst the Canadian Rockies, climbing has been an integral part of Vikki Weldon's life. As successful competitive climber with multiple National titles under her belt, Vikki also discovered the joys of climbing outdoors in her childhood, often frequenting the limestone crags of the nearby Bow Valley. Since moving to Squamish, British Columbia, Vikki has enjoyed the diverse and adventurous nature of both traditional and multi-pitch climbing. She finds balance in life by working as a Registered Nurse and travelling to climb with her partner Tom and her fluffy husky Tundra.

Birthday: October 24, 1988
Home town: Calgary, Alberta
Current home: Squamish, British Columbia
Favorite MAXIM rope: Airliner 9.1mm 80m

“Climbing is one of the most versatile sports in the world, from the dusty gym to the highest peaks in the world, there is always something different to experience and pursue”

Vikki Weldon

Get to know Vikki ...

Tell us how and when you got into climbing? 
I started climbing when I was about 8 years old, following in the footsteps of my older siblings. What started out as tumbling around in the climbing cave of the Calgary Climbing Centre in my water shoes has turned into a full blown love affair and life long passion for the sport.

What are you doing when you are not climbing? 
I am a Registered Nurse, specialized in both Pediatrics and Emergency nursing. I also love running, skiing and snuggling with my little husky Tundra. 

What is the soundtrack of your life (favorite song)?
Always evolving and ever changing, but absolutely love: Home by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. There is no place like home, especially when it’s Squamish.

What stokes you the most? 
Dry rock, sunshine and a good crew.

If you could choose a super power, what would it be? 
The power to heal instantly - no more climbing injuries or ripped skin for me!

What would you be doing if you weren’t a pro climber? 
I’d be an adult, working all the time and ticking all of life’s boxes in order.. how boring.


Career Highlights

Tom et Je Ris

Country/City: Gorge du Verdon, France
Grade: 5.14a
Length: 60m

This was my dream route for years. It is such special and unique line, all alone on a beautiful wall. I travelled to France on a short 2 week trip in the fall of 2016 and was able to come away with the send. I’ll never forget that route.

Le Zahir

Country/City: Akchour Valley, Morocco
Grade: 5.12b
Length: 250m

This was my first experience at route development. My friend Paul McSorley and I bolted this beautiful route ground up over a week. Adventure and hard work paid off resulting in a great multi pitch for future climbers to enjoy. 

Blue Jeans

Country/City: Mt. Yamnuska, Alberta
Grade: 5.13b
Lenght: 7 pitches

This was another dream route of mine, after the route developer Nick Rochacewich told me about it in 2009. It took me 2 seasons and over 15 days of effort to achieve the second ascent of this great line in my home zone of the Canadian Rockies. 

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