Cirrus Tan is a rock climber from Christchurch. Her mission is to help women discover the outdoors through the joys of climbing and adventure. Her philosophy says it all – “Fuel your mind and body with good stuff, so your body can achieve what your mind believes. If you have something to do, something to love, and something to hope for, you are rich.”
Let’s start with the easy one – how old are you?
Where are you from?
Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I am passionate about leading a healthy and fit lifestyle through my love for climbing. Through my years of climbing, I have developed a strong community of female climbers in Christchurch. It is important to me that they feel comfortable and supported in their climbing journey. My work involves climbing coaching, personal training and Pilates.
What’s your earliest memory of an outdoor adventure?
When I was in school (aged 14) I had the opportunity to climb outdoors at Rapaki, Christchurch. This was my first glimpse of outdoor climbing. I couldn’t believe this rock was looming over me in my hometown all along, prior to being exposed to climbing.
You’re a climber, how did you get into it, and how would you recommend someone gets involved with this activity for the first time?
I first got into it at the school climbing gym. From there, I went to the local climbing gyms and ended up going every week, then every day… and eventually working there. I would recommend finding another keen buddy, and going to the indoor climbing gym to get started. From there, you will meet many other people and soon you’ll get invited to going outdoor climbing too.
What do you love about being a Macpac ambassador?
I like that Macpac is a NZ brand known for being sustainable and making really high quality gear. It has been great getting support from Macpac to continue my climbing journey. I feel encouraged to go out adventuring, but just as supported if I want to train indoors all winter.
What piece of Macpac kit do you never leave home without?
Fast Track Shorts – so comfortable for my gym training and bouldering. I can get my knee up to my nose without restriction.
Tell us about your best day in the outdoors.
Last year, in 2018, I went climbing in Lake Louise, Canada with my good friend. It was my favourite day of the whole trip. I remember feeling very pumped in my forearms, as I wasn’t used to routes as long and sustained as these. When I reached the top of my climb, the views of the mountains and sparkling blue lake below was breathtaking.
Who’s on your fantasy dinner party guest list?
3 people. Lynn Hill, Adam Ondra, Wim Hof.
If the world was about to end, where would we find you, what would you be doing, and who would you be with?
I would be at Castle Hill with all my close climbing friends. We would be trying to climb our favourite boulders one last time and sit on top looking out at the views.
How would you sum up your approach to life?
1. Fuel your mind and body with good stuff, so your body can achieve what your mind believes. 2. If you have something to do, something to love, and something to hope for, you are rich.
Follow Cirrus’ journey on Instagram at @chicksnchalk