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Fun, focused and fearless, climber Holly Hansen has set out to explore the world, one summit at a time. The perfect balance of comfort and durability, she has worn Beija-Flor Jeans on climb after climb, traveling from Argentina to New Zealand and putting up first ascents in Mongolia and China. An avid equestrian and top 10 finish marathoner, this seasoned athlete oversees all sports marketing events for Black Diamond, working with causes such as HERA (Health, Empowerment, Research and Advocacy) Climb4Life which benefits women's cancer. Get inspired to scale new heights in today's Spotlight!

WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL...

Being and feeling strong and confident. I think, especially for women, it is hard to feel those two things all the time. But when it happens, I believe it radiates beauty through to the exterior.

ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE YOUR 22 YEAR OLD SELF...

Don't compare yourself to others (easier said than done). Follow your passions, not somebody else's - only then can you reflect your truest self. Live in the present, the past has happened, the future will reveal itself; you are exactly where you're supposed to be.

WHAT SCARES YOU...

I actually get scared a lot, especially of falling while climbing (even though I know I’m safe and the rope will catch me). But my biggest fear is losing passion and a sense of who I am and what makes me happy. 

YOUR FAVORITE BEIJA-FLOR STYLE...

That's a tossup between Jennifer Skinny and Kelly. They not only look fabulous but they both climb well too! Finding fit, flexibility and function in one package is pretty incredible.

YOUR HERO...

This is a hard one for me. So many female role models in different genres and ages in the climbing world, ultra running world, equine world, Hollywood...etc. I've always thought that a woman who is confident and having fun; takes life's punches with grace and a big smile on her face, is my hero.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK...

The community. I work in a unique environment where people are passionate about their recreational pursuits, bring their dogs to work, strive towards living a happy and healthy life as well as preserving the areas that allow this freedom. It's always nice to have a sense of comradery at work.

YOU RELIEVE STRESS BY...

I love a long mountain run. If I am stressed, negative thoughts race through my mind at the beginning of the run and then seem to dissipate by the end. A strong red wine and a good movie also do the trick!

WHEN YOU WERE A KID, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP...

A jockey. Then I grew (to 5'8") and became way too tall by jockey standards! 

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