Nina Williams: White-Passing
Ever wonder what it’s like to send a 55ft boulder… with no rope? My next guest would know. Epic high-baller, aspiring trad climber, and overall badass lady crusher Nina Williams has quite the climbing resume these days. One of the top female climbers in the country, Nina is one the few females to send V13, has stood on the podium at national competitions, and knows how to put down some serious outdoor sends. Perhaps most known for her high-ball ascents of boulders over 10 times her 5’3 height, this girl knows intimately well what it means to face fear, dial in, and execute.
In this episode of Sends and Suffers, we go deep into race and privilege in the climbing community and how the BLM and social movements have carried over to the gym and the crag. Half Chinese, half white, Nina is what she dubs, “white-passing” and knows of the struggles minority athletes face. We get into the challenge of keeping the momentum of these movements alive and the difficult but necessary task of taking on that pain and the responsibility of our part in this “new normal” - yeah, it’s hard. But we’ve gotta keep talking about it.
We also talk mental game, coaching, and leadership. Nina tells the story of her path from a young competition climber to sending V11 highballs in Bishop, including a vulnerable yet pivot moment that shaped her mindset as a young climber. When she’s not crushing or coaching, Nina somehow also manages to balance earning a degree in Communication & Leadership Management. Not gonna lie, this woman is seriously inspiring.
2020 has been a suffer fest of its own, but this girl has goals going into what is hopefully a better year for everyone. Did someone say big wall? Spoiler alert - Nina openly admits to loving trad. You heard it here, kids.
We hit it all in this one. Hope you guys like it.
Connect with Nina Williams via:
Reel Rock 14-
Link to Coach Kyle’s Book Rec-
The avarna group resource an article-
Deepa Iyer- My Role in a Social Change Ecosystem
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