Fred Charron

I started climbing in 1998 at an early age of 12. Unfortunately for me there were no junior teams or other kids of my age to climb with at the time, but I still managed to go to the gym a few times a week.

It was only in 2005 that I finally decided to step it up, train harder and started competing. My ultimate goal has always been to make the national team and to compete at next level. I finally placed in this year’s Tour de Bloc ranking, earning my place on the 2012 Canadian team.

On that road, I have been very present in the competition circuit, not only as an athlete but also as route setter. I have been head route setter for over 20 events in the past 3 years, from local to national competitions. I guess route setting is my way of giving back to the climbing community. Being the head route setter at Allez-Up climbing gym allows me to teach others the movements of climbing, which I envoy very much.

I also started the junior team at Allez-Up with my brother in 2010. Working with kids is very important for me. I think maybe deep down I am just trying to create really strong climbing partners for the future! I wanted to give to the kids what I didn’t have when I started climbing.

My goals are simple. I will keep on training as hard as I can to keep pushing my limits on plastic and on rock. I want to travel and climb as much as possible. I will keep competing, learning and contributing to the sport and the community for as long as I can!