Date Of Birth: April 6
Hometown: Frisco, TX
Current Location: The Road
Favorite Zone: Rifle
Proudest Achievement: Team Ascent Delicatessen (8b+)
Favorite Advocacy Org: American Alpine Club
My story began with a birthday party and an old concrete climbing gym in downtown Frisco, Texas. I was a scrawny twelve-year-old girl with oversized tennis shoes and endless curiosity. Climbing fascinated me. I was enchanted by the glittering chalk dust, the strange hold shapes, types and colors, and the unique physical and mental challenge of getting to the top of the wall. The day that the local climbing coach asked me to be a part of the team remains vivid in my memories. It's been ten years since that day and my passion for the sport has continued to grow. I have won US Open Nationals three times for lead climbing and have placed seventh at two Women's lead climbing world cups. In addition to competition climbing, I am developing my multi-pitch and expedition skills. As my story continues, I will strive to push the limits of my comfort zone and to stay curious.
- How did you get involved with your respective sport?: I went to my friend's birthday party at the local climbing gym. I was immediately hooked, so my parents signed me up for an afterschool club.
- Who were your influences early in life?: My parents influenced me more than anyone else. They were always supportive and they encouraged me to believe in myself.
- What draws you to the outdoors?: The outdoors provides me with a calmer, more humble perspective of the world. I always feel more connected to others and to myself after spending time outside.
- What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: I like that SCARPA has a rich history of tradition and family ideals. The sense of connection and support between everyone involved, athletes included, is an obvious continuation of the heritage of the brand.
- Why do you trust SCARPA products?: SCARPA understands that quality products are only possible with time and passion. The energy SCARPA puts into their shoes is obvious in the shoe's performance.
- What gets you out of bed on big days?: Music and a good breakfast. My favorite breakfast combo is oatmeal and eggs.
- What is your best excuse for skipping training?: I only skip training if I feel like I need to, in which case it isn't an excuse. If my motivation is low, I try to mix up my routine, but I still get some form of climbing in.
- Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Green tea with lemon, turmeric, and lots of honey. I generally will make it as soon as I get home to sip on while I prepare food.
- If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: Bad and Boujee. The more ridiculous the rap song, the better.
- What's the last movie that made you cry?: My Sister's Keeper. I don't watch a lot of movie, but I remember seeing this one on a plane and being that weird person crying by themself.
- What's your dream trip or expedition?: Big walling in Nepal. I suspect it will be years before I've developed enough outdoor and wall experience to be ready for such an expedition, but it would be so worthwhile to be surrounded by such remarkable scenery and culture.
- What makes a good adventure partner?: Anyone that is supportive, enthusiastic, and patient. You don't have to be highly skilled to be a good partner, but you have to bring good vibes and be a team player.
- Two truths and a lie/: In my ten years of competition climbing experience, I've never missed an isolation or climbing time. I once ran out of gas in a boat while I was in the ocean and several miles from shore. The only time I've ever accidently skipped a clip in a competition was in a world cup finals round.