How did you end up at BKB?
I was first introduced to Brooklyn Boulders through my brother who used to work in the West Loop. He let me know about a belay team spot available in youth programs at BKB West Loop.
From there Cami became a competitive coach, friendly face at the front desk, and ultimately developed into a routesetter.
How did you begin climbing?
I climbed for the very first time at a French School back home (San Salvador, El Salvador). That’s where I was first introduced to climbing but it didn’t become a passion of mine until I started working at BKB at the end of 2017.
What is your favorite thing about being a routesetter?
There are many things I love about being a routesetter but it makes me really happy to think that something I created is gonna help someone else learn climbing techniques. [Working through the climb] they’re feeling many different emotions from happy, determined, frustrated, or confused. Whatever the feeling is: I am happy that something I created with intention made them feel that way.
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What inspires you on the wall? Off the wall?
When I’m setting, I get easily inspired by music. Headphones and a good playlist is all I need.
Off the wall, going on outdoor camping trips and getting to know people. A good conversation with someone is always a great source of inspiration.
You are getting into Dj’ing – tell us more!
Moving to Chicago 5 years ago is what [got me into dj’ing]. I started working at a coat check-in at warehouse parties where they played underground electronic music and I got hooked.
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What are some of your favorite artists right now?
This is the toughest question so far! but I really like Aleksandir’s new album called “Skin”
What are your current goals?
My biggest goal is moving to Berlin, Germany. I’d like to be living there 5 years from now. The music scene over there is so amazing!!
What is one thing the BKB community may not know about you?
I learned how to speak French before English.
Favorite BKB memory?
Prepping for any of the BKBDAY events and all of BKB parties!