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More than 20 years ago, Leo van Ulden took a fall. He had just started up one of the easier ascents at a British Columbian climbing spot his brothers had taken him to, and his foot slipped and sent him on a brief tumble. But he mastered his fear rather than giving into it, finishing that ascent before conquering other routes the same day. From that first adventure, Leo fell in love with the adrenalin, beauty, and challenge of climbing. When his mother suggested they start a business together a few years later, a climbing gym felt like the logical choice for the family of climbers. Wallnuts Climbing Centre was born then, helping bring more local climbers into the sport since its inception. Home to a group of tight-knit, passionate climbers and setters, the gym has sprouted nationally competitive junior teams under the family’s guidance and boasts an ever-expanding course list for climbers of all proficiency levels. Leo also leads guided tours of some of the most scenic climbing areas in Eastern Canada, drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the topography to find appropriate routes and quality carryout along the way. He even penned a book, Newfoundland Climbing Guide, which is the first such guide for the region.