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F I T 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7 5 FIT Hayko is the route setter, team leader and women's training coordinator at Climb NuLu on East Market Street. "Climbing is a big guys' sport when you get down to the root of it," says Hayko, who's in her mid-20s. "The majority of the people who do it, and those who succeed really well, are guys. It makes it kind of intimidating for women, especially in the beginning stages. I kind of wanted to make that not the case for so many girls who are starting to climb now." What motivates you to keep climbing? "I love that climbing takes you so many places. I love traveling, and I get to see the most beautiful places climbing that I've ever seen. And there are so many facets to it. It's not just (about getting) physically ft, but you're also challenging yourself and working through things like fear and problem- solving." How is the climbing community different from another type of active community? "I feel like with (climbing) you create a little bit more of a bond, because you're climbing but you're also hanging out. Obviously, you can't be climbing the whole time because you get exhausted. You're not just enjoying the sport together, but you're also kind of learning about people and creating friendships. It's a little bit broader than, 'We run and then we're done and we disperse.'" Any tips for new climbers? "A lot of times, people think they have to be really strong: 'I have to be really strong, and I have to yank myself up the wall.' But think about where your feet are going and just slowing yourself down. Sometimes when I get on the wall, and I'm able to climb really slowly, it's like everything else is gone. It's my stress reliever, almost." Becky Hayko

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