March 18, 1983
Marmot, La Sportiva, Revolution Climbing
Solitude Hoody, Ama Dablam Jacket, Summerset Jacket, Mountaineer Coffee Press
Abbey Smith is a Rocky Mountain native. Growing up in Greeley, Colorado, she latched onto two things--climbing and writing. Everything solidified when she moved to the nearby climbing mecca of Boulder to pursue a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado.
After graduating, Abbey engaged in a four-year career as the editor/ad manager/fashionista for the green lifestyle publication called elephant journal. In 2007, she cut the ripcord and launched into freelance writing, and hasn’t turned back.
Based out of Boulder, Abbey’s life encompasses many things: she climbs rocks both big and small; she writes for print (ALL the niche climbing mags) and web; she’s directed and starred in video and is working on a vintage Formula One project for television; she adores wearing heels and skirts as much as crawling out of the dirt.
With her primary focus on bouldering, she chases prime conditions year round, spending summers in Colorado’s high alpine, fall abroad in Europe or the Southeast, and winter in Hueco Tanks, Texas, Mexico, Thailand and Australia. Life is her passion and that passion will no doubt include more exploration, more climbing, and more writing.
Anyone who’s pushing their mental and physical limits and having fun.
Morning espresso; being outside; exploring the unknown; and dreaming.
Anything is possible. Don’t follow the herd. "Live life to the fullest." ~Ernest Hemingway
Coffee, chocolate, seafood and all things spicy.
First female ascent of: the classic sandstone highball Guns & Roses (V9) in Draper’s Bluff, Southern Illinois, the notorious French Tickler (V9) and Silent Sir (V9) in Hueco Tanks, Texas. First Ascent of Tourettes (V10) in Koh Tao, Thailand. Numerous first ascents in Colorado, Baja, Thailand, and Utah.
Tall, pure and aesthetic lines.
Buck65, Animal Collective, Sigur Ros, La Mala Rodriguez and CocoRosie.
Water, ticks and writer’s block.
Bad drivers. Computer malfunctions.
Write my memoir, boulder in the unexplored high mountains, and continue to push myself as hard as I can.
Read Marmot Athlete Abbey Smith's exclusive blog over at Dead Point Magazine, including the latest September 2009 entry:
"Do you ever feel like Bill Murray in the 1993 comedy Groundhog day, where he was forced to relive the same day over and over again? I do. Last month I disconnected from my program to participate in three separate photo shoots that took me out of the state -- and my comfort zone....."
Marmot Athlete Abbey Smith revisits the local classic Turning Point (V8) near Boulder, Colorado during Marmot's Spring 2010 photo-shoot with adventure photographer Ace Kvale and climber / videographer Jordan Campbell (Marmot Athletes) and climber Caroline Treadway. Smith is wearing the Vogue Tank and Bliss Capri, part of Marmot's women's sportswear collection.
Also check out: Jason Kehl’s website Cryptochild (http://www.cryptochild.com) and Momentum Video Magazine (http://www.momentumvm.com) for current videos.