Endo climbs to new heights

Cybele Zhang February 4, 2016 Comments Off on Endo climbs to new heights
Endo climbs to new heights
Elizabeth Endo '18 climbing in Bishop, CA. She has won five Southern California regional championships and one divisional championship. Photograph courtesy of Endo.

Her hands are covered with callouses and dirt, but that’s the way Elizabeth Endo ’18 likes it.

Endo climbs in the American Bouldering Series Divisionals in Reno, NV. She does pull-ups and push-ups to train. Photograph courtesy of Endo.

Endo climbs in the American Bouldering Series Divisionals in Reno, NV. She does pull-ups and push-ups to train. Photograph courtesy of Endo.

Since the age of 10, Endo has participated in competitive rock climbing. Rock climbing is a sport where the climber scales real or artificial rocks or boulders.

Endo was introduced to the sport at a young age. “Whenever I went to amusement parks, I would always climb on the little rock walls there,” Endo said. Since then, she has won the  Southern California regional championship five times and a divisional championship once.

Endo smiles in chinese class. She started at Archer in the sixth grade. Photographer: Cybele Zhang '18.

Endo smiles in chinese class. She started at Archer in the sixth grade. Photographer: Cybele Zhang ’18.

The way competitions are judged differ, but for the ones Endo attends, the climber receives a score based on the time it takes them to complete a course, the vertical distance they cover and the difficulty.

“I like the challenge and having to figure out which [climbing] route is right for me,” said Endo, “It’s more individualized [than a conventional sport]. You aren’t really competing directly against anyone, but improving against your own score.”

Endo trains eight to 12 hours a week by climbing and doing conditioning exercises.

“It’s nice to physically stand on top of a boulder. You feel like you’ve accomplished something,” Endo said.

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