Q: What are your climbing goals?
I currently have both short-term and long-term goals. My short-term goals are to climb a V7 and another 5.13 by the end of my summer break, and to climb a V8 by the end of my next school year. My long-term goal is to climb Half Dome before I graduate from high school, but I would be happy to do it any time in my life.
Q: Most memorable climbing experience?
It is hard to name just one climbing experience as “most memorable”, but if I had to choose, I would say climbing my first 5.13. It was a life goal of mine to climb a route with a grade of such difficulty, and it was a major achievement once I got it. In addition to climbing the route, the encouragement and help from all of the climbers at my gym, Sportrock, was something I will always remember. I love the climbing community, and this is a classic example of why.
Q: What do you like most about MyClimb?
I like having friendly competitions with my fellow climbers, and getting to share my climbing with other climbers all over the world. I always tell my non-climber friends it’s like Instagram for climbers. The app has truly exceeded my expectations.
Q: What do you enjoy most about climbing?
I basically eat, sleep, and breathe climbing. I love everything about it, but if I had to name one thing I enjoy most, it would probably be getting to make friends with kind people while I have fun adventures. I also enjoy accomplishing my goals and seeing what I can do.
Q: How did you start climbing?
I first started climbing during my spring break when I was 8 years old. Someone told a story during show and tell about getting tied to a rope and getting lowered through the air. I was bored and had nothing else to do, so I decided to give it a go. After I experienced the adrenaline and joy of climbing, I was hooked. I still have the burning passion for climbing, and I have no intention of ever stopping.
Q: Favorite Climbing Discipline?
At the moment I am learning to lead climb, and I am increasingly enjoying it. In the past, I had always enjoyed top roping, but leading adds a whole new aspect to climbing, and allows me to do many routes that were off-limits to me before. Taking a whipper is definitely way more terrifying than I expected, but it’s cool to finally be old enough to lead!