On Episode 217 of the Enormocast, I connect after some internet trouble with the indomitable Michaela Kiersch. Michaela grew up a Chicago girl – loving baseball and the White Sox- but when she found the climbing gym, her baseball goals were supplanted. The climbing community embraced Michaela at just the right time as her mother’s long battle with cancer ended in her death when Michaela was just a girl. Michaela cites the embrace of her climbing community in Chicago as a major help in her grief. Michaela’s mother lived long enough to instill Michaela with ambition and drive that brought her to the top of competition and sport climbing with national championships and multiple 5.14c ascents. Those same traits are seeing her through a PhD program in occupational therapy. Truly someone who sees more to life than climbing, Michaela may just have the energy to have it all.
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3 Replies to “Enormocast 217: Michaela Kiersch – Life’s Greater Needs”
Great episode. Michaela is a very impressive woman in climbing and beyond. Inspiring for sure.
Just wondering, does Devils Lake ever get any love on the enormocast?
There’s a from Devils Lake one back in the feed.
And I think we get there in the Eric Barnard ep.
Very moving episode.
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