Eric Furlotte

Eric Furlotte

Hello I am…


Eric has been climbing for more than half of his life, and the things he loves most about climbing are the sense of fulfillment it brings him and the incredible quality of people he meets through the climbing community. He has traveled to various climbing destinations across Canada, the United States, and South East Asia. Eric moved to Vancouver 12 years ago and promptly began working for Cliffhanger. Over the years he has worked as a belayer, top rope, lead and technique instructor, and route setter. Eric was promoted to Assistant Manager in 2001, and in 2002 took over the role of Manager. Eric is always eager to share his knowledge of climbing with members of the gym, and finds himself continually inspired by old and and new climbers alike.  When Eric isn’t managing the Vancouver gym, you might find him skiing, kite surfing, or (of course!) climbing in Squamish.




First of all, if you could have one special power, what would that be?

If I could choose one super power it would be to fly, couldn’t imagine anything better. If I could choose a second super power it would be the ability to warm myself when flying at altitude 😉


Any nicknames?

When I was a kid my brother used to call me Ralph


What were you thinking in your mind when you hear the words “Climb and Conquer”?

Can’t say I was really thinking of the words but more specifically thinking about the program itself.


What were you thinking when Joe Wong told you about “Climb and Conquer” and asked you for support?

When Joe first approached me about the Climb and Conquer program I thought it was a great idea. In the early days climbing was passed on through mentorship and I think that is a key component with climbing culture, which makes a program like climb and conquer a natural fit.


What does climbing have to do with kids? What does water have to do with fish?

Kids climb, I think it is part of our natural state to want to climb things.


There are so many sports out there, why climbing?

Climbing was something that I always did as a kid, trees, fences, buildings, whatever it was I wanted to get on top of it. So when I had the opportunity as teen to try out roped climbing I was hooked before I even got off the ground. For me it has always felt like something I was meant to do.


If a kid wants to start climbing, where to start?

Best place for a kid to start climbing these days is through their local climbing gym. Most climbing centers will have numerous programs to teach children the fundamentals of climbing.


What’s the best age for a kid to start climbing?

Typically any age child can start climbing if they have someone that can mentor them, although I don’t typically recommend climbing for children under the age of 5. From my experience kids from the age of 5-8 can benefit from just being belayed by an adult and having fun with it. Children ages 9 and up can start to learn how to belay in an established Jr. Program.


What is it about climbing that you enjoy the most?

The ability to problem solve under stressful conditions and while keeping yourself calm. Which for me translates to the idea, that if I put the work into it, I can conquer anything.


How does climbing make you feel (mentally, physically, spiritually)?

Climbing brings happiness to my life in every way. It helps me clear my head when things feel stressful. It keeps me fit which spills over into every other area of my life.


Describe a favorite climb.

My favorite type of climbing is steep overhang; I love the gymnastic feel of that type of movement. It is a delicate balance between power and efficient movement.


What can you take away from climbing that will be useful elsewhere?

The ability to problem solve under stressful conditions and while keeping yourself calm. Also self-confidence.


Do you have any climbing related goals? If so, what are they; if not, why not?

I don’t typically broadcast what my climbing goals are, for me they reasons I tackle climbing projects are personal and different for each climb I tackle as a project.


When you hear “Climbing changes my life”, does it apply to you? Explain.

Climbing changed my life in more ways than I can count. Although the major change would be the direction my career path diverted. I’ve been very fortunate to make a career out of climbing.


What do you want to see in the future of Climb and Conquer?

I would like to see the program grow as I think it is a great way for youth that might not otherwise have the opportunity to climb, experience an incredibly life enriching sport.


Any exciting future projects at the Cliffhanger Vancouver?

Lets just say some things are in the works 🙂