About

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I was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec. When I was eight years old, my family moved on a farm, where I discovered equestrianism. Soon, I wanted to become a horse trainer, and eventually wanted to compete at high levels.

 

In 1996, I left Quebec to train in Europe full-time in the equestrian discipline Dressage. I subsequently lived in Europe for about 4 ½ years and in the US for about 2 years, coming back home once in a while to give clinics, judge competitions, and train both horses and riders for competitions. During those years, I competed in Europe and Canada nationally and internationally.

 

I dedicated myself to the equestrian world until 2007, when I suffered from an injury that would not allow me to ride full-time anymore. This unexpected event completely turned my life around and obviously left a huge void.

 

I had always been naturally attracted to the mountains; in 2008 I started hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and around Quebec. After bagging several peaks and completing most of the long hikes in the North East, I left for South America, and reached multiple summits around 5,000 meters high, one of them being the Chimborazo (6,310 meters) in Ecuador.

 

I later traveled to Northern India to ascent more summits, then to Nepal. To be able to reach higher peaks, I felt I needed to learn technical climbing skills. I first got introduced to ice climbing, then to rock climbing in 2010.

© 2018 by Annie Chouinard

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