Sterling Athletes Team
From a background in elite gymnastics and acrobatics Monique quickly found her feet and discovered a new outlet to channel her energy. She admits that she has a good “head” for climbing and loves pushing it to the limit with not being scared of taking that screamer.
“I am passionate about my climbing. I love the journey that climbing can take you, both in the physical sense and the mental sense. Climbing transports me to another dimension, being in flow with your body, your mind and the rock is a truly extraordinary sensation, it’s pure, and it’s addictive and I want more.”
In her 14 years of climbing Monique has sent some hard routes in Oz and pushed the standards of Australian women’s climbing. She now has a two year old daughter Coco Rose, but still finds time to tick routes and enjoy herself on rock.
Climbing has taken Monique, and her husband Simon Carter (Photographer), on some grand adventures at home in Australia and to other countries. New Zealand, USA, China, Spain, France, Italy, Thailand, Borneo, Madagascar, Greece, Hong Kong and Vietnam just to name a few. One of her favorite areas that she has just returned from in the USA is Red River Gorge, where she enjoys the long Kentucky pumpers.
How did you get started climbing?
After Uni I was looking for another form of fitness. I scored a free pass to an indoor climbing gym, after one session I was hooked and the rest is history.
How old were you when you started? Twenty four. ...old but I come from a gymnastic and acrobatic background which helped me to see results quickly.
Who or what inspired you to start climbing? My brother.
Who served as your inspiration in life? My mother, she doesn't have anything to do with my climbing but she has taught me some important values.
What was your first outdoor climb? Some 5.11a not significant but it opened up the world of climbing for me.
Any training advice or suggestions? It's all in the core.
If you could have 1 superpower what would it be? Spiderman's sticking fingers.
If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? (no wishing for more wishes) more time, more money and did I say more time.
What was your favorite childhood cartoon? The Smurfs, you know the little blue creatures.
Future climbing season objectives, travel plans.
Working this year. Next year 2010 spend six weeks in Spain, (Rodellar and Montsant) then six weeks in France (St Leger, Verdon and Ceuse).