Eva Thompson

Eva is a Calgary-born climber who was introduced to climbing at a very young age. She experienced climbing for the first time at the age of 4 when her father took her to a local climbing gym. By the age of 12, Eva had joined her first youth climbing team. Coaches soon noticed her natural climbing abilities and encouraged her to take part in local climbing competitions. Despite being initially hesitant, she was eventually coaxed into her first competition and was rewarded with a positive and lasting experience. Most vividly, she remembers the welcoming and supportive environment of the climbing community. Eva won that initial competition and simultaneously, discovered a community of people that continues to profoundly influence her life.

For the next 4 years, She frequently participated in local climbing competitions. Her success at these events brought her to the podium at both bouldering and lead Nationals on multiple occasions, allowing her to represent Team Canada at Worlds. These competitions included Innsbruck, Arco, Vail, New Caledonia, Hachioji, and Mexico City. Eva is very proud to have had the opportunity to represent Canada on the international stage. Although she has since retired from competition, she is grateful she was able to experience climbing at such an elite level.

Over the past few years, Eva’s focus has shifted from climbing competitions to personal, outdoor endeavors. She has dabbled in many different disciplines of climbing and has yet to decide on a favourite. Currently, Bishop is her preferred bouldering destination, closely followed by Squamish. When route climbing, she enjoys both Skaha and her beautiful Bow Valley backyard. Eva has recently gotten into trad climbing and is looking forward to doing some crack climbing in Squamish this summer. When she isn’t climbing, you can usually find her backcountry skiing or hiking in either the Alberta Rockies or the Nelson area.

For the past 7 years, Eva has been sharing her love of climbing with the next generation of crushers by coaching both recreational and competitive youth climbing teams. Her ultimate goal when coaching athletes is to create a fun and encouraging environment that fosters a life-long love of climbing. Eva is currently coaching the competitive team at Bolder Climbing Community in Calgary, Alberta. She recently graduated university with a psychology degree minoring in linguistics and is planning to apply for a master’s program in speech pathology.