Date Of Birth: October 31
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Current Location: Bozeman, MT
Favorite Zone: Beartooth Mountains
Proudest Achievement: Cerro Torre & Fitz Roy's North Pillar within 10 days
Favorite Advocacy Org: Greater Yellowston Coalition
I started climbing in Kentucky's Red River Gorge just two hours from where I grew up, but it was the rock and ephemeral ice lines of MT & WY that carved my teeth as a climber. These local crags have helped arm me with the tools to play on bigger objectives around the globe on rock and ice. I continue to find inspiration in the vast expanses of untapped vertical cliffs (big and small; sport and trad), ice seeps, and snowy peaks in proximity to my home. My biggest achievement range from 60' sport climbs, 1,000' FA rock and ice lines, to far off climbs in Patagonia, Alaska, etc. My personal climbing has crisscrossed my life with many amazing people and locations and has taken me up remote alpine faces in Alaska and South America, northern Africa, and throughout Europe. What has fueled me most through the years is the lure of the new, which comes at many times as first ascents with solid friends. For work I own and operate MAG (Montana Alpine Guides), www.mtalpine.comwith which I keep busy guiding ice in Hyalite Canyon in the winter and rock in the summer.
- How did you get involved with your respective sport?: Scrambling up exposed gullies in Red River Gorge, KY. Seemed logical to start using ropes and climbing on the pocketed sandstone.
- Who were your influences early in life?: My parents.
- What draws you to the outdoors?: The fact that once immersed in the outdoors (climbing) I'm fully in the present.
- What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: Quality, quality, quality. SCARPA does it well and yet keeps improving on previous models.
- Why do you trust SCARPA products?: Awesome company and individuals to work with. I have Italian roots so Im a bit partial to their craftsmanship.
- What gets you out of bed on big days?: Knowing from experience it's always worth it.
- What is your best excuse for skipping training?: Need rest.
- Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Water followed by a beer.
- If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie, Jr.
- What's the last movie that made you cry?: Benji the Hunter
- What's your dream trip or expedition?: A free climb up Changabang under perfect weather.
- What makes a good adventure partner?: Optimism, competence, strength, humility, & motivation.
- Two truths and a lie: Truth is dead. Facts are optional. Peer-reviewed scientific information is just a matter of opinion