Blue Jeans

VIMFF Finale
Sat Feb 15 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
Centennial Theatre

This past year, Vikki Weldon was able to pursue a passion that all climbers share: the ultimate road trip. Six months of non-stop climbing around the United States and Canada was the perfect solution for Vikki to accomplish numerous climbing goals, including her first 5.14a red point. The trip concluded in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, an area close to the born and raised Calgary climber’s heart. It was here that Vikki faced the greatest challenge of her rock climbing career. Mount Yamnuska, a mountain famous for its sketchy traditional lines and loose rock, is also home to Blue Jeans, a 7-pitch bolted route, with the hardest pitch weighing in at 5.13b. Technical, exposed and on crumbly Yam rock, it is a true Alberta gem. With only one ascent on record, Blue Jeans was the perfect challenge. Please join Vikki as she shares her experiences of attempting this stunning route. From the hilarities of learning rope management, to dealing with the fear of failure, this show will surely keep you on your toes.

Vikki Weldon
Growing up in a family full of climbers, Vikki Weldon took to climbing at a young age and was soon excelling in the climbing gym and competitions. Her drive and determination led her to seven consecutive national championship titles and the opportunity to represent Canada at six Youth World Cup events, with her best result placing 5th in Beijing 2006. In the bouldering arena, Vikki has earned three Open National victories and multiple podium finishes. Growing up in Calgary, close to some of Canada's best sport climbing, Vikki quickly discovered the joy of climbing outdoors. Her addiction to the rock and a willingness to push personal limits led to quick successes. Vikki climbed her first 13a at the age of 15 and has since redpointed up to 5.14a and bouldered up to V10. In the future, Vikki is eager to continue to push her limits in difficult routes, as well as to explore new avenues in the world of climbing. With her newfound appetites for difficult multi-pitches, Vikki is sure her love and enjoyment of the sport will never run dry.