As a doctor of veterinary medicine from Las Vegas, Nevada, I work as a general practitioner for small animals, performing anything from routine physical exams and vaccinations to minor surgeries. I discovered rock climbing eight years ago while studying at CSU in Ft. Collins, CO. and after moving back to Las Vegas four years ago, I discovered the endless local sport climbing and embraced the art of projecting difficult routes.
I like the challenge of trying something harder than I've ever tried before, and the commitment it takes to accomplish that goal. Balancing my devotion to a professional career and my passion for rock climbing is truly rewarding.
One of my strengths is that I don't give up. For me, sport climbing requires the same kind of tenacity, mental focus, and dedication that got me through veterinary school. I made the first female ascent (FFA) of Power Windows – my first 5.13d – at Mt. Potosi, NV this past spring.
Ultimately, trying to climb at my limit allows me to achieve things I never thought possible.
In this video Whitney Boland talks about her life in Chattanooga, her relationship with a chronic disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) as well as her relationship to climbing. For many people climbing is a form of therapy for Whitney that has taken on a whole new meaning.
Whitney Boland has been on the Sterling Rope team for years, she originally joined in 2005. In addition to Climbing she loves to travel and is an accomplished writer. She has been published in Rock and Ice magazine and numerous other print and on-line publications such as Women’s Health, Aspen magazine, Climbing magazine and Rocky Mountain Sports just to name a few.
Follow along in this video series filmed and edited by Joey Kinder with help from his wonderful girlfriend Collette as they travel the globe connecting with some of the best climbers in the world who, like him, have all chosen Sterling Rope.