Evie Cotrulia

I am Irish / Italian and grew up in Ireland. I am now permanently based in South West London. I live with my partner Yann Genoux who is also a full-time route setter and we eat, sleep and live for climbing.

My first experience of climbing was as an early teen, frequently soloing (sorry Mum) easy stuff at a disused quarry I used to sneak off to near my home. However, from the age of 10 I had been training and competing in mini Olympic handball, then hockey and 800m. These sports took up all of my time and it wasn’t until my 20’s that I really engaged myself in climbing.

I now do some regular work at White Spider Climbing Centre in Surbiton, Surrey, where amongst many things I manage the route setting. My favourite part of what I do is to set and I also set freelance around the country at various walls. My dream for the future is to see more female route setters going further with their setting careers and for it to be the accepted norm to see females setting more national comps and world cups alongside the boys.

With the setting comes a lot of climbing too. I am lucky to have a partner who is as obsessed with climbing outdoors as I am, so understands my need to be out on rock as much as possible. We take a lot of climbing trips every year to various countries, the list of places is long……. and the list of places we haven’t been to “yet” is long too! We also try to get out in the UK every weekend and enjoy visiting new crags, this country has so much to offer (when the weather holds up). This keeps us sane to live in London and gives us inspiration for our work.


-Hometown-

I grew up in Navan Co Meath Ireland, but currently live in Richmond, Surrey.

-Projects-

Sport climbing-Bouldering-Full time route setting-Hiking / Trekking-Voluntary conservation work in Richmond Park National Wildlife Reserve-I am a keen mushroom spotter / photographer!

-Successes-

Pushing though the boundaries as a female route setter and becoming London's first official female head setter/female setting manager- Providing workshops to teach route setting to other females and close the gender gap within the industry- Being a Mum to my bad-ass daughter Emily (recently I took her Ice Climbing for her 16th birthday and she crushed)-I used to be a midwife!!

-Favourite Scarpa-

Instinct Lace for route climbing- Instinct VSR for bouldering- Margarita GTX for route setting: the GTX is handy for when I spill tea on my shoes.

-No Place too Far-

If money was no object then I would take a whole year to travel and climb around the USA. Ignoring the current dodgy politics, it is such an amazing country with a vast array of top-notch climbing and bouldering. I would be like a kid in a sweetshop. For pure aesthetics though (and because climbing is not allowed by the Navajo Indians) my dream is to visit Monument Valley in the US. I remember as a kid my Dad watching all the spaghetti westerns with backdrops of the sandstone pillars in Monument Valley. I am attracted to this place for the connection to my Dad, the wide-open space, red earth, and the miles and miles of sky.

 

 


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