Olympian Alannah Yip’s Online Clinic Raises Profile of Climbing Sport

Best of Climbing online program, scheduled for June 9-16, features three top movies plus expert tutorials

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The best of rock climbing

Presented by the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival


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When: June 9-16.

Or: In line.

Tickets and info: vimff.org

When Alannah Yip started indoor climbing at the age of six, it was mostly something die-hard climbers did in the winter months and kids did at birthday parties.

Now, on condition that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics go on as planned from July 23 to August 23. On November 8, sport climbing will be part of the Games for the first time and Yip and his compatriot from North Vancouver Sean McColl will be there to represent Canada.

“I am so excited to be able to represent Canada at the inaugural Olympic Climbing Games. I have seen climbing change a lot since my childhood; it was a very small niche sport to have her at the Olympics now, ”said Yip, whose gold medal performance at the US climbing championships in LA last year qualified her for Tokyo. “To be involved in this is just amazing. It’s hard to describe the feeling. I am excited and nervous to represent my country, my sport on the world stage, on the Olympic stage.


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At the Olympics, climbers compete in speed climbing, bouldering and lead climbing in one day. Their scores are then aggregated for the final ranking.

Yip’s coach Andrew Wilson said in an email that it was difficult to identify Yip’s biggest attribute, but instead describes her as an athlete in her own right.

“Alannah has so many qualities that make her successful,” Wilson said. “Self-awareness, courage to face weakness and to be vulnerable, discipline, unwavering desire to improve.”

Last year, the 27-year-old graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia with a major in mechatronics (think robots), but decided to put her engineering career on hold for s ” train for the Summer Games and continue to train other climbers.

Her climbing expertise – she is a seven-time senior national champion – and her coaching experience are put to good use in Yip’s virtual sport climbing progression clinic which is part of the online show Best of Climbing, presented by the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival June 9-16.


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Looking at his climbing career, Yip, who won his first national title at the age of 12, says his engineering background played a big role in his rise to the top.

“I think the way I approach rock climbing is in a very technical way,” said Yip, who is sponsored by Vancouver-based top outdoor clothing and gear supplier Arc’teryx.

“I am a very logical and analytical person. I use it a lot to my advantage when climbing.

“I think having a really good understanding of physics even helps me break down movements and explain them to other people. It really helps me when I train, ”added Yip, who coaches at Climb Base 5 North Vancouver.

A member of the Canadian Olympic Sport Climbing Team and native of North Vancouver, Alannah Yip is a fierce force in the climbing world.
A member of the Canadian Olympic Sport Climbing Team and native of North Vancouver, Alannah Yip is a fierce force in the climbing world. Photo Courtesy of Arc’teryx

Yip coaches the junior team at Climb Base 5 North Vancouver and realizes the power that an Olympic medal brings, but is quick to look beyond the international spotlight to add that she hopes to expose her young students to a more image. large.


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“I hope they want to imitate me not only on the wall but also in the way I act and treat others,” Yip said.

In addition to the tutorial from Yip, the VIMFF Best of Climbing online event also features a crack climbing clinic with Will Stanhope and a live virtual climbing photography workshop from award-winning adventure photographer Corey Rich.

Alannah Yip, pictured at the age of 13 in 2007, already had seven years of passion for rock climbing when she climbed that wall at the Edge Climbing Center in North Vancouver.
Alannah Yip, pictured at the age of 13 in 2007, already had seven years of passion for rock climbing when she climbed that wall at the Edge Climbing Center in North Vancouver. Photo by Ward Perrin /PNG files

VIMFF also offers four films.

Salathé: Blood, Sweat and Bagels was the best film of VIMFF 2002. The British film tells the story of mountaineers Neil Bentley and Richard Heap attempting to climb one of the most difficult free climbs in the world: the 914-meter Salathé Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

K2 Touching the Sky is a Polish film that focuses on the children of famous climbers who embark on their own expedition in an effort to understand their parents’ choices. The film was the grand prize winner of the VIMFF in 2015.


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The third film is The Soul Deep, a short by American filmmakers that takes a look at a climbing gym in Memphis that takes a different and more inclusive approach to business.

Finally, the film Grand Prix 2004 is the documentary In the shadow of the chef. The film is set in Squamish and chronicles Chief Stawamus’ first ascent of the Great Wall in May 1961.

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