Heather Weidner loves setting goals. And at 36, she's already achieved quite a few of them. Weidner is a licensed veterinarian, and she recently completed one of the most difficult climbs in Colorado, China Doll, at an extremely elusive grade of 5.14 trad. Weidner's ascent was the fifth 5.14-trad climb ever completed by a woman.
"Every year, I set a really big goal for myself that I'm not sure I can accomplish, but if I did, it would be mega," she explains. "So for me that was the ultimate goal. Being able to achieve what you once thought was impossible is a rewarding experience. "
These days Weidner's primary profession is full-time rock climber, but that wasn't always the case. A few years back she was a practicing veterinarian, but she soon found herself called to the mountains. "People would say, you're crazy. You're quitting your job as a veterinarian to be a full-time rock climber? Which to me is so funny. It's not giving it up forever; I maintain my license," she explains. "This is who I am, and I'm also really inspired by women who push themselves. I want to be one of those women."