Truong Pham

I'm a local from Salt Lake City and I have been climbing since August of 2010. Climbing was something I've always admired but never had the chance to actually do. In the fall of 2010, I was starting my Sophomore year at The University of Utah and thought I would try my luck with a climbing class offered by the local gym (Rockreation). Since that first session I have been more and more in love with the sport as my climbing progressed and my technique became better. Living in Salt Lake offers a wide variety of climbing potential. From Little Cottonwood Canyon to Joe's Valley, we have it all, and we have some of the best climbing around, in my humble opinion.

Climbing has been very good to my health and fitness for as long as I can remember. In the time I've been climbing, I've been blessed with no serious injuries and my body recovers quickly from long climbing days. My first two years of climbing I was able to send three v10's and several moderates as well. As a Senior at the University of Utah I am fortunate enough to spend time climbing with my girlfriend and close friends. We enjoy spending time in the summer messing around in the gym and training hard for the fall season. However, in the summer of 2013 I had the chance to visit Rocklands, SA for a month during July. It was one of the best times I've ever had on a climbing trip and it was my first international climbing trip. While in SA I was able to send my first three v11's and several v10's, as well as some v9 and v8 flashes. I met some great climbers that inspired me to keep climbing and to keep getting stronger. It was a wonderful experience. Spending time in SA taught me the importance of patience and rest days. It taught me to climb stronger and more efficient, but most importantly, climbing in SA showed me that climbing is an ever evolving sport, and we as climbers have the potential to traverse past our own expectations and limitations.