Beyond Booth: The Wall Climbers

Meet Kevin Lam, a second year who found a new hobby -- wall climbing. As it turns out, there is a group of Booth folks who are into wall climbing these days. Here is what Kevin has to say about his experience.

1) How did you get interested in climbing?

To be completely honest, I was petrified of rock walls growing up. Then about ten years ago, I reluctantly went climbing for an undergrad event much like LEAD and so, happened to fall in love with the sport. There's something exhilarating about hanging 40 feet in the air by nothing more than your fingertips. Once you embrace that edge, it easily becomes an addiction. You just want to get higher and higher, and soon enough, it becomes a lifestyle.

By Ritika Bipin Singh '17

By Ritika Bipin Singh '17

2) How have you pursued it while at school?

The completion of Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) in the West Loop has really livened up the climbing scene in downtown. It has become a go-to spot for many Boothies and locals that is fully equipped with a work area, yoga studio, and weight room. It's also a convenient getaway from the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue.

Kevin captured climbing

Kevin captured climbing

Since BKB opened, other spots have descended upon Chicago. First Ascent recently opened in Wicker Park and Maggie Daley Park has that wicked new outdoor wall for when it is not blisteringly cold outside. For a true adventure though, you've got to get out of the city to Devil's Lake in Wisconsin, which some of us may do in the spring -- for those interested.

3) How can others get involved?

There's an ever-growing community of climbers at Booth. If you'd like to come out, hit me or any of the other climbers up to join the GroupMe. Chances are, at least one of us is at BKB on any given day of the week.

Ritika is a first-year trying to find a viable plan Z (if all else fails) through her columns!