Climbing / Climbers / Samantha Berry
Name: Samantha Berry
Interview: Moon Climbing / January 2013
Moon Climbing – When and where did you start climbing?
Samantha - In 1995, my brother took me to an indoor climbing gym in Sydney.
Moon Climbing – Do you have a favourite style of climbing (traditional, sport, bouldering etc)?
Samantha - I enjoy bouldering the most but also sport routes outdoors.
Moon Climbing – You are stuck on a desert island with just one route and one boulder. Which ones would you choose and why?
Samantha - My one route would be Pooferator, grade 31 in the Blue Mountains. This is a long term project of mine and being stuck on a desert island with it, i’d be forced to keep trying it and do it!!! My one boulder problem would be Ogre Thumb, V9 in the Grampians. This is a project boulder problem that i’ve been so close to doing, I just need more time with it!
Moon Climbing – Who is your climbing hero or inspiration and why?
Samantha - Sandrine Levet from France. A remarkable and determined woman who was winning all the Boulder World Cups when I was just starting out competing on the World Cup circuit.
Moon Climbing - How often do you climb?
Samantha - About 5 times per week, 4 times training indoors and one day outdoors.
Moon Climbing – Where and how often do you train and for how many hours per week?
Samantha - I train at my own climbing gym, Bloc Climbing Centre, the best bouldering gym in Australia!! I train 4 times per week for 2 hours each day.
Moon Climbing – What kind of training do you do?
Samantha - I mainly just work hard boulder problems with friends. Recently i’ve also started doing CrossFit for strength and conditioning.
Moon Climbing - Your top training tip or tips?
Samantha - Work your weaknesses and have fun!
Moon Climbing – The climbing achievement you are most proud of and why?
Samantha - Placing 5th twice in the Bouldering World Cups, the highest achievement for any Australian climber, male or female so far!
Moon Climbing - What is your opinion on competitions? Good, bad or indifferent?
Samantha - Love them! They are a great way to gage how you are going, what your weaknesses are and what you need to work on. They are also a great opportunity to meet other climbers and make friends. Learning to climb well under pressure is also a great feeling!
Moon Climbing – Your goals for 2013?
Samantha – This year I’ve been getting back into climbing after having my baby last year. I’ve mostly been climbing outdoors in the Blue Mountains and have many new projects that I am working on. I aim to compete in all our National Competitions this year and also have some exciting climbing trips planned to the Grampians and Castle Hill.