I've been climbing for 24 years, trying to find my absolute without the weight of fear holding me back. The process of digging deep, with desire, and sustaining such a mindset, well...it hasn't been an easy road.
“Even though we sleep, our desire does not. It is who we are." We are desire. It is the essence of the human soul, the secret of our existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished without it. Desire fuels our search for the life we prize. The same old thing is not enough. It never will be."
I live, breathe and eat climbing, whether sport, mixed or ice. When I'm climbing, things feel right, smooth, like it was meant to be. In all my efforts over the years I've been lucky enough to experience some great success. Being crowned as the North American Champion (two years in a row), placing 4th at a World Cup, climbing (with the first ascent) one of the hardest dry-tooling routes in the world; I've walked along the "edge" and done "my impossible"...a few times. But it wasn't for the faint of heart, as such efforts came with many failures. You see, climbing is so much more about failure than success. But once you get that taste of success, you're drawn into the belief that the impossible is in fact attainable.
As my career as a climber goes on, still trying hard with lofty goals, my focus has partially now been put towards my dream of owning a climbing gym. It took me years of planning to put the idea together, but now, I get to share my passion with the community that surrounds me. I live in Cranbrook, BC, with my wife and two daughters. There support is unwavering in whatever I do. Life can get pretty crazy; with running my gym, traveling the world to compete for Team Canada (in ice climbing), or all the other things I busy myself with. But what I know is this...it's never a dull moment, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
For me to perform at my best, having my body fitted with readiness...the support from Ian and Leanne is mandatory. I wouldn't be able to accomplish "my impossible" without them maintaining my body, and where it needs to be at, to sustain the constant beating i give it.
This is a testing lab for human performance, fueled by coffee and camaraderie. This is the land where we celebrate failure and learning. Where reps are counted in ‘zeros’. This is not just a group of people working out, but more a family; a tribe. If you are looking for a place that approaches injuries and training in an entirely different way, this may be the space for you.
Leanne Hazard is a registered massage therapist and medical acupuncturist trained in the latest modern techniques of massage, medical acupuncture and myofascial cupping.