What are your climbing goals?
I want to continue to get stronger and see how far I can push myself in climbing. My immediate goals right now include breaking into and sending V7-V8 boulders and 5.12+ leads on the regular within the next year, but after that who knows! I also want to do a lot more outdoor climbing and I’d love to learn trad and multi-pitch and some point.
Most memorable climbing experience?
I’ve met some great people through climbing so most of my memorable experiences involve the time I’ve spent climbing with and learning from others. In March I went with a couple of good friends to Red River Gorge for the first time and learned how to sport climb. We had a ton of fun climbing in Muir Valley and eating way too many pizzas at Miguel’s, but… it was so cold! I’m a massive wimp when it comes to cold weather in spite of being a native Chicagoan, and I remember looking at the forecast knowing I was going to have a rough time. But I was so stoked to go on a trip with my friends and learn how to sport climb that I just accepted the bad weather, prepped as best as I could (i.e. still not all that well), and sent as hard as I could!
Pro tip: Throw some hand warmers in your chalkbag if you’re climbing in cold weather. I don’t think I would’ve been able to climb anything without those!
What do you like most about MyClimb?
I’ve been enjoying MyClimb for tracking my progress and sessions. The interface makes it really simple and quick to track climbs, which is great because I get to spend more time on the walls!
What do you enjoy most about climbing?
It’s hard to pick just one thing, but I think what ultimately got me hooked was doing something that consistently challenged and pushed my physical limits. There aren’t a ton of people who start off climbing V5s, and in the beginning everything seems very difficult and maybe even impossible. But as you keep climbing and building up your strength, you learn more about body positioning and technique and suddenly you find yourself able to do things you previously thought you couldn’t or would never be able to do. That kind of constant self-discovery is really cool.
How did you start climbing?
A friend/colleague at a previous job I worked at introduced me to it. His roommate had sort of strong-armed him into going, as I think all good climbing friends tend to do at some point, and he invited me to join. We both became instantly obsessed with it and got in the habit of doing regular long climbing sessions. It was cool coming into it at the same level of ability because we were able to learn and grow together.
Favorite Climbing Discipline?
Ah, that’s tough. I think bouldering will always be first in my heart, but I’ve been growing very fond of leading and sport climbing since I started this past year. Now that I’m in California and have so much access to outdoor routes, I might get totally sucked into sport climbing!