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Member Interview - Corey Jourdan

I had the pleasure of interviewing climber, Corey Jourdan this past week! He was very nice to take the time and record a short video and answer a few questions I had quickly prepared.

You can find Corey at Escalade Kennesaw 5, if not, 7 days out of the week with his lovely wife, Mary, and sweet daughter, Lucia. They bring the already present feeling of family at the gym to an all time high when they step through those doors. While Corey and Mary climb, Lu plays around the gym and brings smiles to everyone’s faces. If you’re lucky, she will learn your name and say hello every time she sees you!

Clearly, climbing plays a big part in their lives and has for many years now. Corey himself has climbed for over 12 years and has the technique and wisdom to prove it! He enjoys technical beta-intensive face climbs, as we all saw to be true at the Chuff Fest 2019 Finals when he climbed a problem statically after everyone else was going for it dynamically. When he is having issues with a move, whether it is a boulder problem or sport route, he works the beta! Corey finds the point where he fails and works it until he can’t! Since he is an experienced climber, Corey also uses the hangboard to train and strengthen areas needing improvement.

When asking him what his favorite “type” of climbing was it took him a minute to decide between bouldering and sport, so I gave him a hypothetical:

“If you were on an island and you only had one type of climbing you could do for the rest of your life, what would it be?” He asked, “Would Mary and Lu be there?” Enthusiastically, I answered, “Of course!” Bringing him to the easy conclusion, “Okay, then that means I’d have someone to belay me, so I would have to go with sport.” Which is, in his opinion, the most pure and fulfilling form of climbing.

Even after saying this about sport climbing, he does thoroughly enjoy bouldering, especially at Horse Pens 40, AL and Yosemite, CA. I know most of us fellow climbers would agree when I say Corey is not only an outstanding climber and friend, but an awesome father and husband as well. Thanks Corey for inspiring us all and being a part of the Escalade Family!

~ Koko

Escalade Rock Climbing Gym - Kennesaw