WA, Australia

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT: @anna.davey

1. Your Bio

I’ve always been very athletic and passionate about fitness. One day I decided to go rockclimbing for a bit of variety into my weights and cardio regime. Little did I know my life would change from that day! Climbing now is my life, my joy, my passion, and my future. I plan to travel the world climbing rocks everywhere until I’m too old to do so. I compete in indoor climbing locally, nationally and internationally.

2. What 5 words explain you the best?

1. Determined

2. Bossy

3. Dreamer

4. Humorous

5. Clumsy.

3. What dreams do you have for the future?

I dream to represent Australia in a bouldering world cup in 2016 or 2017. I want to be my absolute strongest when I do, so I’ll go when I know I’m ready. I still have a lot to learn as I only started climbing less than 2 years ago. I’ll have to qualify first by placing in nationals in the same calendar year. I love the challenge and I’m determined as hell!

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

“Go hard or go home” I know it’s not extremely motivating but it’s basically how I live my life! I don’t do anything by halves

5. What is your fondest memory growing up?

Playing competitive state cricket on the SCG in the intermission of an Australia v India in 2000, I took a hat-trick when bowling then hit 3 6’s when I came out to bat last. I had the SCG chanting my name and asking for autographs! It was pretty crazy!

6. What is the most adventurous thing you can say that you have done?

Multi-pitching a 600m mountain on New Year’s Eve easily but then not knowing how to get down as there was no anchors on the back of the mountain and we only had a 50m rope anyway! After free soloing down the mountain me and my partner found out there was a manmade concealed path on one of the sides.

7. What are the top 3 things to do on your bucket list?

1. Finish my climbing project here in Perth

2. Compete in world cup

3. Live in Laos for a month climbing steep limestone and shutting of from the rest of the world for that time.

8. What have you failed at before and what did you learn from this.

I fail a lot! It’s pretty natural in climbing! You start an outdoor project and it’s soooooo hard, every move is at your limit. You will more than likely be climbing something way beyond your current grade, it's all part of the mental and physical challenge. You keep trying and trying and failing and failing. You will make progress every time but somehow you just can’t seem to put it all together. This is climbing. Find a line you are too weak for, then climb it until you are too strong for it. Failing is where you learn where your weaknesses are. Failing is what will help you get to the top and clip the anchors. I used to get upset when I failed on routes. I now enjoy it when I fall and accept that I made a mistake and I have to learn from it. One day you are on your project and everything feels right and you just do it. There is no better feeling in the world.

9. Who inspires you?

A lot of people actually but right now relevant to my situation it’s the owners of my climbing gym, Christina Bedard and Alan Pryce. They have devoted their life to climbing. Christina in 40, has had 2 kids and climbs stronger than anyone else I know! They both set the benchmark for climbing in Australia. They give hope to everyone in the climbing community that thinks their climbing ambitions are fading due to old age. This power couple simply says keep climbing and your body will never grow old and weak. It’s incredible, neither of them look a day over 30.

10. Do you have a favourite book or movie?

I don’t really have time for books and movies around my career in law and climbing training. However because I’m a dreamer my favorite book and movie is Harry Potter ☺

11. If you had to live on a deserted island and you could only take one thing, what would you take and why?

Can I say my boyfriend? If I’m going to a deserted island I would want some company haha. I’m sure we could find things to climb and eat there right?

12. What 3 pieces of advice would you give for others who want to get into your field or industry?

1. Start climbing and acknowledge it’s never too late to be incredibly strong if you just commit!

2. Conquer fear of falling as soon as you can when you start lead climbing. You will never succeed outdoors if you are scared of falling

3. Try make a regimented training programme to adequately test your progress. I spent way to long just climbing and mucking around and failing to train my finger strength and endurance.