JEN CHMIEL

Age: 30 | Years Climbing: 6 | Day Job: Climbing Coach & Guide

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Sum up your last climbing trip in three words or less.
Confused, anti-style, fun… I went to the Red for work and was very confused that it wasn’t actually a gorge and we were just climbing in the woods. And the routes were definitely taller than my liking-- the pump was real! However, it was fun to feel like I was climbing in a gym at the crag, pulling on jugs on steep rock.

How did you get into coffee?
I started drinking it my junior or senior year of high school. My high school teacher had me try some and I got hooked.

How did you get into coaching?
I first started coaching other sports when I was 14. I was coaching soccer, and then I coached lacrosse, and then I went to grad school to become a college S&C coach. I did that for two years out of grad school while also coaching college lacrosse. I was working at the climbing gym on the side and helping out with the youth programs, and I decided I liked climbing more.

Describe your ideal gym session.
It would be feeling really good during the warm-up and then just going ham on the Moonboard and having no repercussions of finger injuries or feeling like crap after a four-hour session.

If you could have one climbing superpower, what would it be?
To not feel pumped ever.

If you could be the star of any reality TV show, which show would you choose?

Road Rules on MTV

Favorite type of coffee?

Cold brew! I make my own and I like making my own cold foam. Cold foam is frothed milk with different flavorings (vanilla or cinnamon) on top.

Favorite coffee shop in New Haven?

Fussy. Good vibe to go and do work and good coffee drinks. My go-to order is the nitro cold brew with the hibiscus coffee soda.

If you could go anywhere on a climbing trip tomorrow, where would it be and why?
I would go to Fontainebleau because the bouldering there looks spectacular and I would want to go to Paris as well.

What has life with Coach G been like?
Lots of me being like “do I have to do this?” and then doing it.

Where have you seen the most progress since you started training?
Being able to give more attempts on my projects within a session.


Ropes or boulders?
Boulders! Fewer logistics and it’s easier to get a quick session in outside.

What’s the most scared you’ve ever been on a climb?
When I climbed the third pitch of Recompense in New Hampshire. It was the most exposed climb I’ve climbed and also the smallest gear I’ve placed (a lot of nuts and micro cams). An amazing climb. I would do it again.

Would you ever compete in a powerlifting meet?
I don’t think I would. I don’t think I’d ever want to train lifting as my main thing. I’d rather just keep it as a tool to get better at climbing.

 

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of over the past year, climbing or otherwise?
I’m finally starting to travel. I’m starting to make it a priority and have the means to do it.

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