Lattice Training Podcast

Zo Northcutt - Their Brain Tumor, Queer Climbing & Coping With Setbacks

January 22, 2022 Lattice Training Season 3 Episode 4
Lattice Training Podcast
Zo Northcutt - Their Brain Tumor, Queer Climbing & Coping With Setbacks
Show Notes

In this show, we have Zo Northcutt, who has a unique story. Like many of us, they are training and progressing towards their own climbing goals. Unlike most of us, however, they have a brain tumour.

Zo is one of those individuals whose resilience and strength positively affects others around them. They have dealt with pain and trauma, but they also find a way to find joy and share that with others despite some of the struggles. We discuss with Zo, their brain tumor - named Fred - the battle of staying active despite setbacks in life and also the work that they do in the LGBTQ+ community. Zo is a queer, gender fluid climber who’s also started a number of community initiatives in their local area.

You can find more of Zo on Instagram 
via this link.

We discuss:

  1. What their brain tumour, Fred, means for their life and climbing
  2. How they get perspective and deals with setbacks
  3. The role of their partners and housemates in support
  4. Dealing with unknowns whilst working with coach Maddy
  5. Changes in the climbing community diversity 
  6. The biggest impacts to individuals and communities 
  7. Online vs in-person behaviours and how we can all move forward in these areas