My name is Siara Fabbri, I am an experimental physicist and a climber. I love solving hard puzzles, whether they are on rock or understanding the universe!
How did you get started in the world of climbing?
Thanks to my parents and growing up in the Sonoran desert, my love for nature and outdoor sports began at an early age. I was inspired to be an athlete and at the same time pursue science and conservation to protect the wild places I love. In high school I pole-vaulted and surfed, but it wasn’t until age 21 that I found climbing when I went into a university climbing gym. From the first session I was hooked – I thought ‘this is it, I found my sport’.
A lot of training, broken pulleys, amazing adventures, new friends and places later I am more motivated than ever – this sport has given me so much and shaped me as a person, making me stronger throughout. Last year in 2022 I could hit a dream goal of mine by climbing New Baseline 8B+.
What drew you to our brand?
As a deep lover of wildlife and the outdoors I believe that we need to grow ever-more conscious of the sources of what we buy. This means unblinding ourselves and choosing more locally and ethically produced products with their environmental/sociological impact in mind. Here is why I resonate with Nature Climbing’s philosophy and am so excited to represent them - they are an intersection of sustainable, honest and effective. Not only are their products hand-made and environmentally conscious works of art on their own, but they are tailored down to the fine details to best suit our needs as climbers.
Tell us about your go-to climbing gear from Nature Climbing
I love the Nature brushes, they are beautiful, durable, and so good for cleaning and getting into small crimps or cracks. It is also so cool that you can have custom engravings on them – a good friend of mine sweetly got me one with a message when I sent my dream project. As well I love the Bladerunner for precise skincare, it let’s me fix my splits or any tears in the best way.
What climbing goals are you striving for?
I naturally am drawn to progressively harder routes because I enjoy to challenge myself. For me that means to keep projecting 8B/8B+ boulders and attempt 8C. To prepare for these climbs, the right combination of training, skin-care and prep at the crag is critical. Everyday of the week before the weekend this is on my mind, so specific training (replicas for example), and preparing my skin to be tough and durable is of top priority. The Nature Bladerunner and Sanders help me to do this and I’m so psyched to test Nature products that incorporate real rock so I can have the most realistic sensations.
Any tips, tricks, or insights you've gained from your climbing experiences?
I love to walk away from each boulder with a little lesson and for my projects to remember the details: how the holds feel, how the feet look, etc and visualize these. Skincare and conditions - they matter, a lot!! If the conditions aren’t good or the holds are sharp, don’t waste energy or skin with excessive tries. When I started climbing harder grades I kept splitting on my projects - I learned I need to be careful with my attempts (don’t grab a sharp hold too many times, tape if I need to), sand my skin between goes to stop any tears getting bigger, and prep my skin through the week (sanding and lotions). Don’t let your ego get in the way: trying instead of not trying at all and training your weaknesses are so important and when you have to put the ego away! Carefully brush and tick your holds! During a climb your sensory system might be limited as you’re putting huge stresses on your body, so giving yourself a large obvious target (a big tick) increases your chances to hit the hold perfectly. Then make sure to leave no trace by brushing the holds with a pretty Nature brush 😉.
Where can we find you?
Outside of climbing I love doing art, cooking, and surfing when I get the chance. I am also a scientist at CERN and just finished doing experimental research on antimatter for 5 years. In the future I would like to work on technologies for conservation and sustainability.
Please reach out if you ever have questions for climbing or science! And remember to give back to our outdoor playground by picking up trash, leaving no trace, brushing the rock, and supporting the community.