Meet Kat Whistance Super Mom and Owner of Ibex Climbing Gym
Most of us in the Kansas City Climbing Community learned to lead climb at Ibex Climbing Gym in Blue Springs, Missouri. And, you already know that Ibex is a world-class facility with world-class route setting. But have you taken the time to meet Kat Whistance, the owner of Ibex?
In this interview, we cover:
- The latest news for Ibex West
- Get to know Kat in 15 seconds
- What is new at Ibex
- How Jon Whistance (Kat’s husband) overcame severe elbow tendinitis
- The history of how Kat came to own Ibex Climbing Gym
- The best places to eat near Ibex
- Why Ibex routesetting may be the best in the Kansas City area
- Tips for adding rock climbing to your fitness routine
- And, lots more…
Ladies and Gentlemen, please meet Kat Whistance:
What is the latest update for Ibex West?
Ibex west is coming along; slowly, but coming along. I want to make this gym a climber’s dream — a climbing gym for climbers. I want nothing but the best for people who come in and climb. Safety is big on my list, too. I want to make sure I am picking the right everything for the gym and the climbers.
Do you have an opening date yet?
Well last time I gave one, I jinxed myself with getting the right permits and missed it. So, I am not telling anyone a date until I get these last few things taken care of.
Get to know Kat in 15 seconds:
The last good book I read was: The Wild
The last show I binged watched was: Top Chef
What were you looking at the last time you said, “There is no way I’m cleaning that up!” Well, I am a mother of 4 and own a climbing gym..I can never say that. I have cleaned up a LOT of stuff.
A perfect relaxation session includes: Sitting at my kitchen table before all the kids get up with my cup of coffee and just being with myself and thoughts before the day starts.
HCRB: What’s new at Ibex?
Kat: Lately we have new paint up, new brand of shoes, and of course, new holds.
HCRB: What is the most popular item you sell out of your pro-shop?
Kat: Shoes — and now we carry Five TenHCRB: What is something that Ibex is doing better for its members? [Read more…] about Meet Kat Whistance Super Mom and Owner of Ibex Climbing Gym