About Dianna

Dianna Anderson was born in Sioux Falls, SD, and has lived in three states, three continents, and three different countries since then. She works as an author, a freelance journalist, and an erstwhile student. Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Salon, RH Reality Check, Vice, AfterEllen, The Establishment, and more. Her first book, Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity came out February of 2015 and is available where you can find good books.

She is currently completing a second Master's degree at Oxford University, in Oxford, UK, where she serves as Women's Rep for her college's graduate community.


b. 1986

2008: BA theology/philosophy, University of Sioux Falls

2010: MA English Lit, Baylor University

'10-'11: Instructor of English, Baiko Gaikuin in Shimonoseki, Japan

'11-'13: Radio Line Producer in Palos Heights, IL

'13 onward: Freelancer in Sioux Falls, SD

2016: MSt. Women's Studies, Oxford, UK


Favorite climb

The Arrowhead Arete, Yosemite


700 ft.


37°43'42.9"N 119°38'09.9"W

Every problem can have multiple solutions. To see them you have to look at the big picture overall. Don’t limit yourself to just one route.



I won my first competition back in 2010 at the Mountain West Regional Championships held at Moab, Utah. Sending a 5.13a sport route in a single attempt earned me first place in the Men’s division. Before then, I’d received 1st and 2nd place at a few youth competitions. 2010 was my entry into the big leagues. A couple months after Moab, Utah, I traveled to El Paso, TX for the National Championships. I got second place by sending a 5.13c sport route in two attempts.

In 2012, I won first place in the Nationals held at Acadia National Park, Maine by flashing a V12 bouldering problem. It was my first time visiting the East Coast and I was glad to have been used to Jackson Hole’s more humid weather. I think that gave me an advantage that climbers from drier regions didn’t have. In 2015 I entered my first international competition in Cochamó, Patagonia, Chile. I didn’t place, but plan to for the 2016 championship in Krabi, Thailand.