Q: How long have you been climbing and what got you started?

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