Former financier brings her beloved rock climbing hobby to Hanover


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Jessica Storm worked in finance for over a decade, but “it just wasn’t fulfilling” for her.

“It was satisfying as far as I love the numbers, but I felt kind of empty on the inside,” said Storm, from Hanover.

She wanted to do something more recreational.

“I think I missed that passion to spend time in finance for as long as I did,” she said.

Storm finally blossomed when she decided to try indoor rock climbing with her close friend.

“It’s so difficult, it would drive me crazy. It’s one of those things where you know you’re strong enough and you start working on a route and you can’t get it, and you try again, and you can’t get it, and you try again, so it’s continually brings you back and it’s exciting, ”Storm said.

Rock climbing quickly became his weekend getaway. After two years of passion, she knew she wanted to start her own gym, a goal she will achieve this year at Rock Bottom Climbing on Baltimore Street.

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In rock climbing, Storm found an encouraging community that led her to some of her best friends.

“Every time you go to a climbing gym people cheer you on, they don’t even know you and they cheer you on and we need it here, we really need it here, our young people need it here”, Storm said mentioned.

Storm wanted to spread the good that climbing had brought him to his own city.

“I’m really excited to bring something new to this city, and to offer something different to our young people, honestly my first priority is to give something different here to our kids. to do, ”Storm said.

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Through indoor climbing, many learn to have the courage to try it outdoors, which Storm describes simply as “difficult”.

“I think outdoor rock climbing gives you a much better appreciation of the outdoors. Being a good steward of the environment is eye-opening, hiking trails, hiking in the woods, that is. is awesome, ”she said. “You don’t really understand that here, but you can train harder so that you can try things that are harder on the outside.”

The downtown location, which Storm tentatively plans to open in February, will have an 8-foot and 12-foot climbing area. The larger climbing area is home to various obstacles like a 20 degree wall, triangular ridge or pointy ridge and cave.

For those who think the height is not enough, Storm said “I’ve been on top of this ridge before, if that doesn’t scare you I don’t know what will.”

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Courses will be developed for all levels, from beginners to experienced, so that everyone can find a wall to climb. For those just starting out, Storm says not to worry, “I won’t leave them hanging.”

“Every time they come in I’ll take them out and show them how to walk the routes, how to read the routes, teach them things like technique, body placement, foot placement, how you want to not hang too much. So we’re going to do it for an introduction and then try to build from there, ”Storm said.

Customers will have options for memberships and day passes. Shoes and chalk bags will be available for hire.

Rock bottom climbing

Or: 28 Baltimore Street (back)

Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday to Saturday: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: rockbottomclimbing.com, The Facebook page