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Dr. Natasha Barnes

Natasha Barnes started climbing in 1999 at the age of 16 in Southern California. In 2000 she started competing in the USA junior climbing circuit then known as the JCCA. In 2001, she began competing at an elite level and was National Champion in 2005 and won the Teva Mountain Games in 2005. After recovering from a serious finger injury in 2006, Natasha became more interested in pursuing tall beautiful lines on rock and shifted her focus on outdoor pursuits. Since then she has bouldered up to V11 on lines such at Midnight Lightning (v8), King Cobra (v8), Thriller (v10), The Force (v9/10), The Seam (v11), and Drive On (v11) and has also climbed up to 5.13d in sport and 5.11c in traditional climbing. Natasha hopes to continue pushing the limits of her climbing in all aspects, bouldering, sport and trad. She currently lives in San Francisco, California where she is working and studying full time and is 9 months away from graduating with a Doctorate in Chiropractic with a focus on Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy and spends most of her free time climbing in Yosemite Valley.

You can also Like Natasha Barnes on Facebook, and subscribe to her blog  Louder than 11.

20 Questions

1. prAna gear you can’t live without?
Adela Henley, absolutely my favorite thing to wear along with the Boyfriend jean. So comfy cozy!
2. What you would do (activity/career) if you didn’t climb/BASE?
Going to school for sports chiropractic and Physiotherapy. If I wasn’t doing that and climbing I’d probably be really into road biking.
3. Earliest memory?
2 years old swimming in the pool with my dad.
4. Childhood obsession?
Climbing trees and playing with legos.
5. Herbivore or Carnivore?
6. Favorite place in the world?
Yosemite Valley. By far the most beautiful place in the world and I feel at home there.
7. Favorite TV Show?
Don’t watch TV but I like watching cat videos and MC Hammer music videos on Youtube. Haha!
8. Favorite Movie?
Wow, I can’t decide. Too many good ones…
9. Favorite Book?
Same dilemma, everytime I read a new book it’s my favorite. The Little Prince is pretty high on my list though.
10. Hobby? (other than climbing/BASE/wingsuit)
Cooking, Creating gourmet cupcakes and riding my bike.
11. What is your morning routine?
Weekdays: Wake up 2 hours before the sun, cuddle/feed kitty, make good coffee and hustle to school. Weekends: Wake up early, cuddle/feed kitty and hustle to the cliff or the Valley. Pretty simple.
12. What do you sleep in?
My soft marshmallow-y bed. DUH!
13. What is the longest you’ve gone without a shower?
Oh boy, 8 days.
14. Talent no one knows about?
I played trumpet for 10 years, I was training with a voice coach to be an opera singer when I was younger.
15. Motto/quote to live by?
“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” I forget who said that. (Natalie Babbitt from Tuck Everlasting).
16. Who inspires you?
My mom, people who work hard and play harder, people who are passionate about what they love.
17. If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
George Washington, I’d ask him what he thought of the sad state of our country.
18. If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take with you?
My toothbrush, some music, and my cat.
19. What community organizations/non-profits are you involved in?
The San Francisco Animal Shelter, Youth for Socialist Action, the Access Fund, San Francisco Bay Area Women Climbers (founder).
20. Why are you a prAna ambassador?
Well to quote the author of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” I think it’s the same in any relationship including my relationship with prAna. It’s not what they can do for me or what I can do for them, it’s what we can accomplish together when our ideas and values align. I like what prAna represents and the positive change they promote in our industry, an industry and community I happen to love with all my heart. Our ideas and values in life, community and business definitely align and we look together in the same direction towards the future.

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