- • First ascents in Vietnam and the Red River Gorge
- • FFA of Lost Horizons 8c, Little Si, Washington
• FFA of Extended Evil 8c, Little Si, Washington
- • FFA of Dr Evil 8b+, Little Si, Washington
- • Power Windows 8b
- • FFA of Porn Star 8b, Little Si, Washington
- • 3x US National team member for bouldering and lead
- • 4x World Cup competitor for bouldering and lead
Tell me a little bit about your climbing history and how you got started?
I started climbing in University when some friends took me to a local cliff as a fun, new thing to do. I really enjoyed the experience and kept at it.
What is it you love most about climbing?
I love being out in nature, the challenge of pushing myself, and the camaraderie I experience within the sport all across the globe.
What was the turning point in your climbing career where you decided to take it more seriously and make it your life?
From the beginning, climbing became central to my life, but climbing didn’t become a career until after I left my job to travel and climb full-time. The experience transformed my life and became the thing through which I wanted to express myself.
What is your proudest ascent in climbing & what’s the story around it?
My proudest ascent is my first 5.14. The route had 3 distinct and complex sections to it and it was the first time I encountered a crux that I couldn’t unlock. It wasn’t a matter of strength or ability, it was simply a puzzle. I’d never encountered something I couldn’t do before and it captivated me, even as it frustrated me that it took me a long time to figure out. Once I unlocked a sequence and realized it could be possible to send it, I did, and it wasn’t long after. I was proud of this send because that crux sequence was super cool and I figured it out on my own.
What is your favourite type of route/type of climbing?
I enjoy difficult sport climbing most but can have fun doing all types of climbing from bouldering to the mountains.
What is it about climbing that keeps you doing it for so long?
Climbing has become a part of my identity. I enjoy doing it to the point that I can’t fathom not doing it. In fact, my whole community revolves around it and all of my energy is put into furthering myself, the sport, and enriching my communities through climbing.
If you could summarize your outlook on life in a sentence what would it be?
Appreciate the life I have but never give up the dream for the life I want.
What is your favourite quote?
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. – Ernest Hemingway
Any unusual hobbies or skills?
I enjoy baking and cooking and I’m a computer geek.
Any unusual facts about yourself/your past?
I don’t like onions. Not any kind or in any way. I love garlic, however. 😊
3RD ROCK/why did you choose 3RD ROCK?
I love supporting small climbing companies and I appreciate their eco-conscious mindset, plus their clothes are soft, form fitting, and stylish!
What are your goals/projects for 2018?
I’m building a climbing center in Kentucky and training to send a 5.14 this year.
I had an incredible year competing in the Lead World Cups in Chamonix and Briancon, and climbed some amazing routes in Europe and the Red River Gorge.
Best training secret?
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