October 24, 2016


Kelly Birch


A Phoenix, AZ native transplanted to San Diego, CA, I've been psyched on climbing since I was about 12 years old (I'm now 23). I competed on the USA Climbing youth circuit in bouldering, sport, and speed climbing for about six years, competing in a total of nine National Championships and four World Youth Championships.
Youth Competition Accomplishments
  • 6th place in Sport Climbing - 2011 Sport & Speed Youth National Championships
  • 9th place in Speed Climbing - 2008 World Youth Championships
  • 10th place in Bouldering - 2011 Bouldering Youth National Championships.
Unfortunately, I found myself mentally exhausted from competing and ended up taking about four years off of climbing while I was in college at the University of San Diego. During this time, I received my B.A. in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry and also competed in powerlifting for nearly two years. In Summer 2017, I decided to commit once again to climbing and found myself more in love with the sport than ever, and feeling pretty strong from my years of lifting weights. 
I feel a newfound passion and intensity for training and climbing now that I am doing it for myself rather than purely competition results. Recently, I've been most excited about pushing my limits on hard boulders. I've been training hard, enjoying outdoor trips to Hueco Tanks, Bishop, and local SoCal spots, and even winning some local competitions. I currently train at Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness and absolutely love the community there.


I have some big goals for this year, including sending some inspiring double-digit boulders outside, campus board training, and competing in the USA Climbing National Cup series. I'm a huge training nerd, and overall physical fitness and strength are big priorities for me. Oh, and I'm also an actual nerd. I currently work in psychiatric clinical research, and I'll be moving to Los Angeles in Fall 2018 to pursue my master's degree in Biostatistics/Epidemiology at University of California, Los Angeles.

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