Climbing is my biggest passion, it’s molded my life in so many ways. Seattle-area crags like Little Si and Index are my home” says Hou. “In those places, you can always find people who are trying really hard, pushing themselves to reach new levels in their climbing. The energy is infectious — I always climb harder when I’m around others who are similarly psyched. I wanted to create a gym where a passion for trying hard is the norm.