November 3, 2016
In the short time that Denice has been with the Coop, she has shown her love of the outdoors, climbing, and traveling. She is one of the strongest females on our staff and regularly keeps up with the boys. She’s very direct and is not afraid to mention if you have BO, unless you’re a customer – then she will hold her tongue, maybe. And she does appreciate good-smelling people, so that expensive bottle of perfume or cologne that you wear will not go unnoticed around her. Denice is extremely independent and self-sufficient, and when she decided to take a solo expedition around Europe it wasn’t a surprise to many.
It was fairly clear when Denice returned from her adventures that she wished she was still there. As she talked about hiking through Switzerland her face lit up and I could see her remembering the beautiful scenery. She believes the hiking trails there surpass the beauty of the beloved Yosemite Valley. But Denice didn’t just hike and tourist around Europe. She is a climber and she knew this would be a great opportunity to make friends with the local crag dwellers and get on some good routes. She managed to make her way to the famous Fontainebleau circuit climbing in France, which she found challenging and committing with difficult sloper finishes. She also meandered to Frankenjura in Germany for some hard sport climbing in a gorgeous setting.
Denice timed her time in Germany perfectly to experience the famous Oktoberfest festival. With tons of beer, new friends, and freshly psyched from climbing in Europe Denice was in good spirits and full of them. Once she finished her lion’s share of beer she switched over to wine and cheese in France. Denice even made it to the Eiffel Tower by midnight on her birthday. She sat just beyond the many fences that protect this monument with a girl who sang to her even though she only had known her for a few hours. As she gazed at the tower she looked for a way to climb to the top and contemplated the actual climbs that she’s planning on sending this season:
- Tour de France at Black Mountain (stand start)
- Green Hornet at Tramway
- Nostalgia at the Riverside Quarry
And decided that she would like to add trad climbing to her skill set.
Now that Denice is back she is getting back into her normal routine: working store at the Coop, and being head route setter at Hangar 18. She is also focusing on completing her climbing goals and start working toward some new objectives that she has set for herself: finding a new home, buying a car, and finding a career in the medical field. And if there is anything that I don’t doubt it is Denice’s ability to obtain everything she sets her mind to. She is a woman of immense inner and outer strength. She has paved her way through a male dominated industry by becoming (at the time) the only female route setter and eventually making her way up to head route setter. She did all of this with respect from her coworkers. So when she talks of possibly becoming a firefighter, I know that she will accomplish it, because she’s been in similar situations before. What Denice takes on, she conquers. She is a woman who is not willing to give up.