Alannah Yip has become a regular name in the local, Canadian, and international climbing circuit over the past couple years. The 22-year old from North Vancouver and UBC mechatronics engineering student is one of the most experienced climbers in our Open Performance Team who’s both an avid outdoor climber as well as a competitive sport climber.
She’s the current Canadian National Champion in both Open Boulder and Open Lead. Alannah also came 7th overall at the International Sport Climbing Federation (IFSC) World Championships in Paris, France in September – her first time competing in a (non-youth) World Championships. Following her performance in France, she was invited to adidas ROCKSTARS, an invitation-only competition geared to the top-ranked IFSC athletes in bouldering.
Here’s how she wants to keep improving.
I like to chase lofty goals, like going to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. So it’s important I stay focused to achieve these goals.
What do you need to do to increase your ranking before 2020?
I will be training hard in the next 4 years in the three disciplines (bouldering, lead and speed climbing) so that I can hopefully qualify for the Olympics in 2020! It will take a lot of work and commitment from my part to get to the next level. I will need to be stronger physically, better tactically (i.e. reading new problems, pacing on routes), and smarter mentally. Handling the physical and mental demands of a multi day multi discipline event is not going to be an easy thing to do.
Climbing isn’t just about the physical but also about conquering your fears and being mentally strong. How do you do it?
When I compete I like my mindset to be as positive as possible. I always try to be in a head space where I see myself doing whatever problem comes my way. Also looking at things as a challenge that I can overcome helps me to go hard on every problem I encounter. I try not to doubt for a single second that I can achieve anything I put my mind, heart, and soul into.
I also try to keep me head on straight and have the support of my family, friends, and my team. Climbing has given me a lot of opportunities and it has taught me that if you want something enough and are willing to work for it, you can achieve it. It’s shown me that, by being patient and calm, there are different ways to solve any problem.
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This is part of a series to profile the 2016/2017 Open Performance Team members.
Alannah, along with fellow Canadian pro-climber and World Champion Sean McColl, are one of the two best climbers in Canada setting their sights on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. If you haven’t had a chance to meet them in person, we’re lucky to have both of them available on Tuesday, Dec 6 from 630pm-9pm for a SCARPA shoe demo. Come out and meet them!