Kourtney Dexter

Birthdate: 25 June 1980

What is your occupation? Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

What/when was your first climb? 2008 Columbia Tower in Seattle

How many climbs have you completed? 25

Why/how did you start? PJ asked me to race Columbia Tower in 2008 and I won, so he encouraged me to do more. Thanks Peej!

Do you have a favorite climb? Why? Benningon Monument Building in Vermont. Short, sweet sprint in a rad building!

Least favorite climb? Why? Presidential Towers. 4 buildings with a sprint between each one is so not up my alley.

Why do you climb? I’m retired now ;) But before, I climbed to raise funds for various charities...and, of course, overcome self-imposed limitations.

Are there other sports you’re passionate about? Racewalking.

Did you have injuries or issues you needed to overcome to climb? Broken back; arthritis in hips; and torn meniscus, rotator cuff, and TFL are the injuries that still yell at me today.

How do you train? Anything but climb stairs. Or run. Or elliptical.

Do you have a special relationship with any of your step-siblings? PJ is my brother from another step-mother, for sure. He got me into climbing, encouraged my training, and believed in me when I could not. He teaches me something new with every conversation. Nelson is my step-bestie, and the male version of me. Roxanne kills it at life...she totally inspires me.

Who inspires you? My boyfriend. He is kind to everyone, including me.

Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions or pre-race rituals? Nope. I made it a point from the beginning not to.

What's on your iPod during workouts/competitions? Workouts, hip hop or audiobooks. Competitions, classic slow rock

If we had numbers on our jerseys, what would your number be? 34

What would you like to tell others about yourself and your experience with stair climbing that might inspire them in their lives? Don’t take it so seriously. Moderation is healthy :) No excuses or big talk. Just go out and do your thing!