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Birth date: December 1984

Residence: Canada

The age of starting climb: 21

Expertise: Sport, Boulder, and Trad

Facebook: Marin Bonk


Whats your story?

Climbing was something I had tried, but never pursued because my prairie home in Canada is a very flat place.  When I moved abroad to study in Tasmania, Australia,

all of the friends I made, including my roommates were climbers, and I was more than happy to let fate runs it's course.  The sport, lifestyle, travel temptations, and sense of community resonated with me in every way, I was hooked immediately and never looked back.

I feel fortunate that my introduction to climbing was with solid individuals on what I now appreciate was somewhat adventurous terrain, but at the time didn't know any better.  It set a high normal of both competence and capability, which I appreciate now, is not a given.

My climbing now gravitates mostly to sport, but the early skills I learned as a bumbly trad-climber at Arapiles have served me well, in all dimensions of my pursuit. And I still enjoy a good humbling bumble when the occasion arises.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Taking the time to share good food with friends.

Growing things when I have a bit of dirt.

Trail running in cool weather.


What is your favorite aspect of climbing?

The lasting connections that are built through shared experiences in climbing.


What’s your most memorable climbing experience?

That bit of magic you feel when climbing is fluid and execution is thoughtless.


What’s your recent climbing accomplishment?

I wanted to climb a second 8a+ on our last trip to Europe, in the hope of finding an inspiring challenge, rather than for the sake of a tick.  I was lucky to come across Tyrant, a hidden gem, at one of the elusive, quiet crags on Kalymnos.  It was one of those routes that seemed to come together miraculously after some improbable thrashing.  I was thrilled, and pleasantly surprised to pull it off.


Where is your favorite climbing place? Why?

Red River Gorge, Kentucky.  I have a self-punishing love for the endurance epics that involve desperate clinging to the top.  Climbing there begs a bit of try-hard and determination to pull through the lactic induced moves of self doubt.  Occasionally you surprise yourself at the chains with exploding forearms, and hopefully with enough juice to clip them!  The rolling hills, lush forest, and southern hospitality are full of vivid colors and have the warmth of home.

What colors you like best?

Dark red currently, but blue always.


Whats your favorite food?

The culinary traditions of Turkey live on for good reason! Climbing and food are two of my favorite things, Turkey does both very well.  Everything is made fresh, the flavors are incredible, tea is ever-flowing, salads are a given, and the pastries are heart-melting.  


What’s else you would like to share with Kailas Friends?

If all else fails, muster up some grit and try, you might just exceed your expectations.