With enough experience under her belt, and with an itch for travel that needed attention, Genevive started to look further afield for her climbing trips: to El Potrero Chico in Mexico, a two-month solo trip to Thailand, and road trips within the U.S. to iconic climbing destinations like Joshua Tree and Indian Creek. These trips cemented her love of travel, her desire to experience other cultures, and to meet fellow climbers from around the world. They also provided valuable confidence that empowered Genevive greatly.
Of the four months Genevive spent road-tripping solo in the south-west U.S. she says:
“Up until this point I’d felt dependent on others, mostly my boyfriend, to provide me with happiness, love, and self worth. And out of everything I gained on that trip the one thing I was most grateful for was my independence: making decisions for myself, putting myself first, and learning how to love myself fully”.
During that same trip Genevive found herself in Indian Creek, Utah, for the first time, and suffered the bitter beat down the sandstone splitters offer to almost all first-time visitors (“I couldn’t get two-feet off the ground the first day!”). But after three weeks of practising her jams she sent Incredible Hand Crack (5.10) and the 30-metre, hands-to-baggy-hands classic Supercrack of the Desert (5.10)—a superb effort as those with smaller hands often find this test piece particularly taxing. Subsequently, The Creek now ranks among her favourite climbing destinations.
“That’s what I like about climbing: constantly learning,” says Genevive. “If you’re just really good at everything and not learning it must be really boring!”
In 2018 Genevive packed up her life on the East Coast and headed out west in her Honda, not knowing that she wouldn’t return. A few months later she met her future fiancé and decided to settle with him in Denver, Colorado.
By this time Genevive had pushed through her repoint ceiling and was sending 5.13 routes, including the bouldery prow of Bigger Dog (5.13b/8a) in Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado; Thugara and STFU (both 5.13a/7c+) in Tensleep, Wyoming; and the endurance-testing Ultrasaurus (5.13a/7c+) in the Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado.
By mid 2019 the road was calling again and Genevive and her partner moved into their van. Their first stop were the steep sandstone walls of Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas, for 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell. This notorious competition sees competitors saddle up to lead as many routes as they can in 24 hours. Genevive climbed a total of 177 routes and walked away with the female second place for most routes, and third place for highest point value. Genevive describes it as “a sufferfest, for sure, but worth every single second!”