Karen Abbott is a southern transplant from a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, and first found climbing when she was just 13 years old. Growing up in the Mountains meant growing up outside for Abbott, and it wasn’t until college that she experienced an indoor rock gym. After college, she traveled to New Zealand, explored the great USA, living everywhere from Montana to Hawaii—eventually settling in South Carolina. She’s been an executive pastry chef, a baking & pastry instructor, a teacher, and a business owner of her own cake company.
Abott loves witnessing the growth of members whether it is through climbing, yoga, or fitness. Other things that bring her joy include her children, her 175lb Great Dane, welding, and tattoos. Her advice to the new climber? “Be open to new experiences and people.”