Member Spotlight: July 2015

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Vitaliy Zaychenko

Member since 2012

Over the last 3 years no member has been here more than Vitaliy. He has checked in over 500 times since his first visit on July 24, 2014.

Despite famously claiming that “technique is not for me” he has become quite the climber, in the gym and outside, as well as becoming an integral part of our community. We look forward to seeing Vitaliy at least 500 more times in the coming years, especially in the hours near to closing time!

How did you start climbing?
Vitaliy: Russian Mountaineering Club “Gorizont” introduced me to rock climbing three years ago on one of their
annual events in Leavenworth

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?
Vitaliy: Route setting here is unique. Not as straight forward as in some other gyms. Community is awesome.
I’ve made so many friends here.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?
Vitaliy: SO many. Leavenworth. Index. Smith Rock. I discover new places all the time. It’s so fun.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?
Vitaliy: Go to Seattle Symphony, Spectrum Dance Theater, or just spend time with my daughter. Also, play with
photography, read up on science and listen to NPR.

What are some interesting facts you’d like to share with the Edgeworks community?
Vitaliy: The human body is crawling with trillions of microorganisms, that outnumber our own cells. Gut bacteria,
for instance, affects our mental and emotional state and play a major role at how our bodies function.
We need to eat more raw foods and probiotics.