Born and raised in Australia, Abby Watkins spent her youth in the spectacular Aussie surf and bush, whilst training as an elite gymnast through her teenage years. She went to U. C. Berkeley on gymnastics scholarship, which opened the doors to her mountain career. Learning the ropes in Yosemite, she quickly transferred her athleticism and grace to climbing. She has completed one day ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome in record time, finished on the podium at international rock and ice climbing competitions, established all female first ascents in Pakistan and has stood on the summit of Himalayan classic Cholatse (6440m).
In her spare time, she is an aerial dance artist with Aeriosa Dance Society in Vancouver. Living and guiding for the past decade in Canada, Abby has been working for Yamnuska since 2001. She is the director of Alala Women’s Mountain Adventures.