Thursday Oct 06, 2022

Allison Vest

Elite climber Allison Vest shares her struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game. 


Allison Vest has been a force on plastic, rock, and social media. Allison was the Canadian National Boulder Champion in 2018 and 2020, and the National Lead Champion in 2019. Recently she has stepped back from the comp circuit to focus on bouldering outdoors, where she has topped out some serious rigs, including V13s Masterpiece and Blackout at Joe’s, the first female ascent of V13 The Terminator in Squamish, and the FFA of V14 Show Your Scars. She also occasionally wears a rope to claim some hard sport sends, including the FFA on the 14a test piece, Throwin' The Houlihan at Wild Iris. Beyond climbing you’ve no doubt been highly entertained by Allison’s IG feats of strength and parlor tricks which are mind blowing… along with her thoughtful posts on women in sports and body image, which have found a way to cut through internet noise and resonate with millions in the climbing community and beyond. Allison and I hit the ground running in this interview, which is packed with relatable struggles, actionable insights, and a good dose of not taking ourselves too seriously.


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Struggle: 0:06:46

Training: 0:12:20

Nutrition: 0:25:20

Tactics: 0:35:35

Mental Game: 0:44:49

Purpose: 1:01:06

Takeaways: 1:12:27


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This show is produced by Ryan Devlin and Mary Mathis, and is hosted by Ryan Devlin. The Struggle is a proud member of the Plug Tone Audio Collective, a diverse group of the best, most impactful podcasts in the outdoor industry. 


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