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Community Ambassador Spotlight | Allison Vest

Community Ambassador Spotlight | Allison Vest

Allison Vest has been a Hive Ambassador since the beginning. Growing up in the Rocky Mountains of Canmore, Alberta, she was always inspired to climb harder and push her limits. She’s the 2018 Canadian Open Bouldering National Champion and has recently been making her way through the World Cup circuit (and placing well!). We’re always so proud of her and love her work ethic and gusto. Her winning personality and jokes always bring a smile to our faces and we’re so lucky to have her on our crew!

Allison topping a problem at the 2018 Bouldering Project competition at Minneapolis Bouldering Project. Jimmy Paenkhay photo

What’s your favourite book?

Right now I’m reading Stephen King’s Misery and I’m pretty hooked. Just the right amount of creepy.

What’s your favourite climbing style? Least favourite?

I love jumpy, pully, swingy stuff on goodish holds and techy awkward vertical stuff

Least favourite? Close – mid range compression (unsurprisingly it’s my least favourite cause I’m bad at it)

Vest getting funky at the Innsbruck World Cup in 2018. Seb Lazure photo.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever climbed?

There is a very limited amount of conglomerate rock climbing on Salt Spring Island. Definitely interesting. Fun? Maybe not so much. But… unique.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Take things as they come, you don’t have to have it all figured out.

What inspires you and your climbing?

My friends, and fellow competitors inspire me everyday. The Hive community is good for that.

Allison getting friendly with the boulders in Squamish.

Follow Allison on Instagram at @allisonvest for a good laugh and lots of inspiration!