Trina Ortega

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Age: 35

Forte: Bruising and scarring.

Favorite drink, meal, drug: chocolate.

How long have you been with Climbing? Since August 2002.

Where are you from and how did you end up at Climbing? I’m originally from Denver and first had the notion to work at Climbing in 1989 when I was a wee lass studying journalism at Colorado State. Well, it only took me 13 years to make the dream a reality.

What's your favorite issue of Climbing? The Epics issues.

What's your favorite department in Climbing? Whichever one is on time and has the least amount of mistakes. No really... Gallery!

What are the best and worst things about living in Carbondale, CO?Best: Slow, quiet summer nights. Worst: Slow, quiet summer nights.

On a good weekend: I would spend Friday evening tossing rocks in the river with my son. I would climb on Saturday, followed by outdoor dining with my family and a movie late at night. On Sunday, I would venture out on a single-track ride in the morning, and in the afternoon I would wrestle with my son and play trains with him. With all of my extra time, I would paint, write poetry and volunteer.

After work: Hammock and margaritas in my backyard.

Ten years ago: Putting on the pounds working as an English teacher in China.

In ten years I'll be: Living half the year in my home state of Colorado (summers) and wintering in Hawaii as a surf bum.