Sterling Athletes Team

Leslie Timms

Athlete Bio

Leslie Noelle Timms DOB: Nov 13 1983

How did you get started climbing?

A Bunch of friends in college took me out to a boulder in the woods with a few problems on it. It all started on the warm up V1 in which I tried like 20 times until my fingers bled and I sent. I caught the climbing bug and I bought shoes and a chalk bag that following weekend.

How old were you when you started?


Who or what inspired you to start climbing?

My husband Kyle Thomas and my buddy Alex Bain really got me into it. I remember what instantly hooked me was the feeling of my body moving across the rock. Alex and Kyle then inspired me to get stronger and taught me everything.

Who served as your inspiration in life?

My deepest inspiration comes from people with refreshing outlooks on life. My once road tripping buddy, Steve Berman, was a legend. He inspired me to live every day like it is my last and to always look at the bright side.

What was your first outdoor climb?

I think I tried a 5.4 in a high school outdoor adventure class. My first outdoor lead was a 5.9 in the Red River Gorge in which I remember almost crying on. What do you do when you're not climbing? Eat and think about climbing. I also make money so I can go climbing.

Any training advice or suggestions?

Climb lots, on lots of different rock and different styles. Take good care of your body.

What do you feel is your best accomplishment, outside of climbing?

Many of the long white water canoe trips that I have done, making a life for myself from scratch in Clarksburg Ontario.

What do you feel is your best accomplishment within climbing?

Being well-rounded, climbing difficult routes on all different types of rock and all different styles

Favorite quote?

60% of the time, it works every time"

If you could have 1 superpower what would it be?

The ability to control the weather wherever I am

If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? (no wishing for more wishes)

1) To never get injured!! 2) Travel all over the world and never have to work. 3) To have all of my friends live in one town surrounded by amazing rock.

What was your favorite childhood cartoon?

Bugs Bunny and Tweety, The Simpsons


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