A: I first started climbing at 5 years old, on trips with my Dad, my brothers and Lou Renner, my climbing mentor, to places, like Joshua Tree and Lake Tahoe, in California. I led my first traditional route (5.6) when I was 7 years old, in Joshua Tree – Lou Renner preplaced gear for me as he soloed next to me.
As in the tradition from the Alps, I enjoy exploring all of the different climbing disciplines, from rock to ice. And I hope to one day climb a great north wall.
Q: What inspired you to create the MyClimb app?
A: I have learned that keeping a climbing and training log is a great way to help me reach my goals and track progress. I also had an experience where I was able to stay in the New River Gorge climbing campground for an extended period. I found the community at the New River Gorge friendly and motivating – I thought that creating the MyClimb App would bring together a friendly community of climbers who could motivate each other to push their climbing to new levels.
Q: What are your favorite climbing disciplines and how does one discipline compliment another.
A: It is hard to choose! I find climbing in several disciplines keeps climbing fresh and I am lucky to be able to do so. I love being out in a winter environment, so ice climbing is high on the list. I find ice climbing really centers my attention on footwork and good body positioning which helps all forms of climbing.
Reviewer: Lou Renner, International Mountain and Climbing Guide for 30 years and Contributing MyClimb Writer