Sooji Clarkson may have started climbing late, but now the mountains and New Zealand’s crags are her happy place. We are delighted to welcome her as our newest Black Diamond Brand Ambassador.
Growing up in Lower Hutt, Wellington, the closest I got to the backcountry was the bulldozered firebreak trail up the Eastern Hills behind our house.
After four years of engineering at the University of Canterbury, I moved up to Auckland for work still blissfully unaware that climbing really existed. Then some years later a friend took me along once to try climbing.
And so it was that a sweltering, dusty, indoor gym (boasting at the time rather lackluster setting and practically no bouldering) was the thing that got me immediately hooked. I started to climb all the time. Indoors, but then outdoors. Single but then multi-pitch, sport but then trad, and of course bouldering.