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Meet Quinn

Our Gowanus General Manager reflects on the strong women who raised her and her favorite first date.

Meet Quinn Ventura, the General Manager of Brooklyn Boulders OG. Quinn comes from a culinary background, she spent ten years as a pastry chef and chocolatier and has focused on plant based food since 2012. She’s obsessed with her rescue dogs, Elwood and Leia, and wishes she could have 5 more.

Tell us about how you first started climbing.

I had a friend who was on a few seasons of American Ninja Warrior, and as I was watching, I started noticing that a ton of the participants were rock climbers. I wanted to try the sport but was nervous to go alone. I knew one of my friends climbed at Brooklyn Boulders and one day I asked him if he would take me.  He took me to OG and taught me about climbing etiquette and terminology. I became a member soon after and was quickly climbing 3 to 4 times a week. That first day climbing also ended up being our first date. Five years later and we’re still together.

I knew one of my friends climbed at Brooklyn Boulders and one day I asked him if he would take me.  He took me to OG and taught me about climbing etiquette and terminology. I became a member soon after and was quickly climbing 3 to 4 times a week. That first day climbing also ended up being our first date. Five years later and we’re still together.

Tell us about a womxn who has been an integral part of your journey.  

I have been influenced by so many women throughout my life and in different ways but my Grandma and my Aunt have been two of the biggest influences on me. I was raised in an Italian household where the women still play a more traditional role in the family. While both my Grandma and Aunt played this role, they also took on so much more. They taught me that strength can come in many forms and that hard work pays off and can reward you in ways you never expected.

Why does representation matter to you?   

Representation matters so much because women’s contributions are still being undervalued.  Women are still feeling pressure to fit into a box and to compete with each other instead of celebrating each other’s accomplishments. I feel grateful to run OG. To be in a leadership position in the rock climbing industry, which is typically a male dominated sport, gives me an opportunity to empower other women and to inspire them to obtain their own goals. 

Want to keep up with Quinn? Find her on Instagram @Quinnister

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