Saturday, December 31, 2011
By Aubrey Wingo
Recently Aiguille Rock Climbing Center graphically revamped their style, including our brand new brochure and our front cover model might seem a little unfamiliar to some. Typically, writers at the Aiguille newsletter present articles about our current members here at the facility however we can make an exception in this case. Meagan Martin, the new face of the Aiguille brochure, has a long history with the gym.
Now at 21, Meagan’s climbing competition days have been put on hold while she attends Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN as a star pole vaulter. Always involved in track and field at Lake Mary High School and a 4 year letter holder in her sport, she currently holds the record at LMHS at 12’3” as well as Vanderbilt’s record at 12’8”. Pole vaulting definitely seems like a stretch from climbing however Meagan has noted that pole vaulting keeps her in shape when she does not have the opportunities to climb. Once graduated with a degree in English, it won’t be long before you see Meagan in the competition scene again.
So what can inspire someone like Meagan to continuously train and climb? “Mark Mercer and Choco Tacos!” she says with a laugh and maybe an occasional snort. You can constantly see these training partners working some of the hardest problems on the Wave and constantly leading 5.13s here at Aiguille. “Climbing is the best thing ever, frustrating but rewarding.” In this writer’s opinion, Meagan is an inspiration to any female climber, climbing stronger than most of the men. When asked about her thoughts about being a female climber, she simply says, “we’re awesome”, and that it can definitely be satisfying to beat all the boys!
Meagan has climbed all over the country, including Little Rock City, Rocktown, New River Gorge, Red River Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park, Fosters Falls, Yosemite National Park and more. Eventually, her dream is to climb at Hueco Tanks in Texas and Rodellar in Spain. Bouldering or sport climbing, it doesn’t matter as long as she is having fun!
Overall, Meagan isn’t much different from any other girl. Outside of climbing, she loves to shop, watch TV, and paint her nails, listens to everything from Modest Mouse to Deadmau5, and oh wait... climbs V9/5.12d! When asked what advice she could give to all climbers, she says,
“Don’t ever be afraid to get on anything that’s hard.
Look for Meagan strapping on her Testarosas every holiday break from school dominating at Aiguille Rock Climbing Center
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