Date Of Birth: April 9
Hometown: Leavenworth, WA
Current Location: Leavenworth, WA
Favorite Zone: North Cascades
Proudest Achievement: My Cascade guidebook
Favorite Advocacy Org: Access Fund
I began climbing at age 19, after a background of competitive sports (rowing team) during high school and my first year of college. I was immediately hooked on adventures in the mountains, but over time I've become also become interested in pure rock climbing, including bouldering, which we have in abundance near my home in Leavenworth, WA. I enjoy ski touring, ice climbing, sport climbing, and writing about the outdoors, but my favorite element of climbing is experiencing remote or alpine rock routes with good friends.
- How did you get involved with your respective sport?: I was working and living in a small town in the North Cascades during my teenage years, and I began exploring the mountains.
- Who were your influences early in life?: The coach of my high school crew team, and anyone I saw pursuing their passions in a way that wasn't damaging to themselves or others.
- What draws you to the outdoors?: If I get stuck in cities or even suburban areas for more than a few days, I start to go stir crazy. My wife often remarks that I can navigate the woods in the dark, or a glacier amid a snowstorm.
- What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: Their designs are done by serious climbers, skiers, and mountain athletes. Their focus is performance gear, not slogans and glam.
- Why do you trust SCARPA products?: Their rock shoes last forever and most models fit my feet quite well.
- What gets you out of bed on big days?: Various forms of coffee creation.
- What is your best excuse for skipping training?: Needing a rest day!
- Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Chocolate milk which had been chilled in a snowbank.
- If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: Blue Scholars - "Inkwell".
- What's the last movie that made you cry?: N/A.
- What's your dream trip or expedition?: Teleportation to the Charakusa Valley amid good weather and without the typical Pakistani bureaucracy, security, and health issues.
- What makes a good adventure partner?: Someone who knows how much to push you, and who has strengths and weaknesses opposite my own.
- Two truths and a lie: I maintain and bake breads with a sourdough starter. I wear flip flops whenever reasonable. I cannot tell a lie.