Angela VanWiemeersch grew up as a competitive ice skater in Detroit, Michigan where she danced across the horizontal ice until her late-teens. Following a few years as a fashion design major in college, Angela embarked on a life-changing bike tour that recalibrated her life. After selling all her fashion supplies, Angela hitchhiked, paddled, and sailed her way through all of North America from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal.
While hitchhiking through California, Angela heard of a place called Ouray, where people wore spikes on their feet and held axes in their hands to climb frozen waterfalls. She was enamored. She took every last dollar she had and spent it on a month-worth of rent in Ouray and a bag full of used climbing gear. Angela found the happiness and inspiration she was looking and is now fueled by the beauty and challenge that ice climbing offers. From the Ouray Ice Park to virgin ice in Zion to amazing alpine adventures in Alaska, Angela is once again on ice.
Abby Danko comes from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow …. And if you hold up your hand, she’ll show you exactly where. #mittagan . Abby is a new climber who is just getting into trad and absolutely loves doing crack. She finances her habit by slinging used cars at a dealership in Detroit. On weekends, you can find her road tripping to the Red, the Mad or Devil’s Lake.
Abby also enjoys railing berms on her mountain bike and floating her way down classic Michigan sand dunes and snow fields on her fatty. She is a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk and would like to remind everyone that this is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time … Go outside!