Q: What are your climbing goals?
My current goals are to Move up to 5-12 indoor Lead climbing. Also move to Outdoor sport climbing. Trad interests me as well.
Q: Most memorable climbing experience?
I think my most memorable Climbing experience was Learning to climb in the Mid 1980s when i was 14. It was with a Noals instructor that was hired to take my well off friend and I where ever we wanted for 2 weeks for outdoor adventures. We stopped in City of Rocks Idaho and Learned basic Trad skills. I remember being on a climb called Elephant something or another and looking down from the rappel position thinking ” wow i suck at sports how the hell did i get up here?” I saved and got some basic gear but it ended up getting stolen. I never climbed again until a year ago when I turned 39.
Q: What do you like most about MyClimb?
I like MyClimb to log and keep track of my and my partners climbs, I also have met people at my Local Gym after following them on MyClimb.
Q: What do you enjoy most about climbing?
I think what draws me to climbing is constantly overcoming challenges in a supportive community. Its great that I can show up to a relaxed place, see someone I don’t know and offer them help to get them closer to their own goals. Alternatively I like that when I run into something I cant figure out I can just ask the person next to me what the technique is to move past the next move in my current route problem.
Q: How did you start climbing?
I started climbing as a poor charity case by chance. It was supposed to be a fishing trip but the guide needed something else for us unruly kids to do when we weren’t fishing. He was an avid Trad climber so he taught us what he loved. After 23ish years I needed something to do in between training for 100 mile Ultra running trail races. There are rest days, injury days etc when I just needed something else to focus on. The more I climb the more I love it.
Q: Favorite Climbing Discipline?
I currently Sport Climb Lead indoor climbing around a 5-11b. I also like Bouldering inside and outdoors. I plan to climb outdoors as much as possible this year as well.