Date Of Birth: December 29
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Current Location: Boulder, CO
Favorite Zone: El Capitan
Proudest Achievement: Slovak Direct, South Face of Denali.
Favorite Advocacy Org: The American Alpine Club
Climbing has changed through the years for me. Growing up in Seattle, my origin in climbing was deeply rooted with a type A approach to mountaineering. As I got older, I started to fall away from the need to simply get to the top and put my energy into the style of getting there and the friendships forged in the process. These days when I look to the greater ranges, I think about the people I want to spend time with, and look for opportunities to free climb first ascents. Whether it is with ice tools or rock shoes, my passion lies on the remotest biggest cliffs out there. It's where I feel the most alive and what I dream about when I go to sleep each night.
- How did you get involved with your respective sport?: I was introduced to climbing through the boy scouts as a young boy. I remember seeing climbers on the Liberty Bell climbing the Liberty Crack and immediately started reading books and looking for anyone who could teach me the ropes.
- Who were your influences early in life?: My Dad. The older I get the more I learn about how badass he was at my age. He fought in Vietnam, built a log cabin in Alaska so he could live as a fur trapper, and taught me my profession as a professional land surveyor.
- What draws you to the outdoors?: Being in the outdoors is the one thing I know as true in my life. It is where I feel the most connected to the life we have been given. Whether it is trail running, ice climbing, rock climbing, or skiing (I SUCK AT SKIING!!!!) I can't get enough.
- What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: SCARPA feels like family at this point. I can say that I believe whole heartedly in the footwear that we offer and feel like I have never been let down by gear we make. I will use SCARPA shoes and boots for as long as I am a climber.
- Why do you trust SCARPA products?: I originally started using SCARPA because the fit seemed right for my wide feet. I soon realized that the Italian crafted products were so well designed that I was starting to climb better and able to do things that I wasn't previously able to do. I have grown to trust my abilities in each specific shoe, whether it is the downturn nature of one pair or the flexible nature of another.
- What gets you out of bed on big days?: Ha! Usually it is an alarm that I set and the thought of coffee! Seriously though big days are what I live for and venturing into the frey is something we don't get these days in normal life. I love being at my limit, stressed out, seemingly miles above my last piece, totally committed to a vein of ice, or a series of holds that may or may not go. That gets a brother out of bed every time.
- What is your best excuse for skipping training?: Usually it is climbing outside. Boulderites don't consider climbing outside training... I wish I agreed but you asked.
- Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Oh mate! Beer DUH!!! Pretty much any variety, but these days I'm into Lagers.
- If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: N/A
- What's the last movie that made you cry?: Blackfish - Seriously
- What's your dream trip or expedition?: What's your dream trip or expedition? Hmmm. Probably a super successful trip to India or Pakistan. I tried to go to Pakistan a few years back and turned around after a horrible act of terrorism committed by the Taliban on Nanga Parbat. I still feel robbed of that one. My partners went on to crush the climb we dreamt of for over a year and won the Piolet de Or for it. When I have the right objective and timing in my life, I will be going back.
- What makes a good adventure partner?: Hmmmm.... The ability to suffer and to not put limitations on what you think is possible and belief in each other's abilities.
- Two truths and a lie: I have climbed 5.13d I love to bake bread. I can dunk a basketball