"Climbing is about freedom to me, freedom to travel, freedom to interact with nature, freedom to push myself. In many ways it has an almost bushido aspect to it in my opinion. People will train for months to go to Bishop to hop on a project and in the entire season, progress maybe 2 moves and they’re psyched about it! To most people that sounds crazy and a waste of time but distilling yourself down to focus all of your emotions and energy into singular movement is very beautiful in my eyes. Whether you’re a boulderer or sport climber or trad/aid climber or an ice/alpine climber, we all have this really weird, rebellious and dangerous passion that connects us all and I love that. It’s community and competition. My all time favorite quote about climbing comes from Tommy Caldwell where he said “I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I love this shit” I feel that sums it up perfectly”
Home crag? This is a hard question to answer because technically it’s Devils Lake in WI but I move around too much to really get to know one local crag. I’ve probably climbed the most at Red Rock in Vegas though.
When did you start climbing? I started about 4 years ago 2011 ish
Who is your inspiration? My biggest inspirations are whomever I’m climbing with, I can get psyched watching Jimmy Webb or Alex Johnson videos but climbing with friends and pushing each other is the best inspiration.
Favorite type of rock? Lemme get dat granite
Favorite line? Hmm for sport climbing Amarillo Sunset in the red and bouldering Seven Spanish Angels in Bishop. Seven Spanish Angels, BIshop, CA, photo credit: David Beaver
Favorite style? Straight bouldering power, gimme those over hanging compressions and pinches.The Dirty Rail at Red Rock Canyon, NV
Gnarliest send? Gnarliest? Hmm well I’ve done some high ball
Bouldering in Lake Tahoe which was scary and some of the few sport climbs in j tree have pretty long run outs. I guess that counts?
Brand(s) to live and die by? I swear by Prana pants, 5.10 dragons for shoes and organic crash pads. Josh over at organic is one of the nicest dudes ever and I’ll fully back that company.
Dream destination for climbing? Magic wood and South Africa
Favorite alternative activity to keep you sane and on your A game? I like to paint and camp and play music. And I lift as well.
Greatest lesson climbing has taught you? If you’re going to fall at least fall trying your hardest and going for it. I feel that translates really well over to regular life.The True Grit in Bishop, CA photo credit: David Beaver
hit me up if you wanna chat for a bit and see yourself and your favorite crags get some exposure and recognition.
The Daily Send
Flagstaff, AZ Correspondent