Q: What are your climbing goals?
I’d love to be able to consistently climb V5 and 5.12a.
Q: Most memorable climbing experience?
It has to be a trip out to Colorado Springs, CO I took with my partner, Summer 2015. The first day we went to Garden of the Gods and learned that lots of routes have a first clip at least 15 feet off the ground! The second day we went to Red Rocks Open Space, and I lead a 5.10c slab with the tiniest of hand and footholds–essentially just 1/4″ deep regions in the layers of sandstone that had been worn away by erosion with the occasional pocket here and there. The clips were a bit run out, and I had to convince myself in between that I REALLY wanted it! At one point, even these small indentations disappeared, and I had to trust that the pitch had changed enough that a complete smear up the wall would hold (no hands, no feet!). It did, thankfully(!), and I ended up onsighting the route.
Q: What do you like most about MyClimb?
I get to see my slow and steady progress through the grades!
Q: What do you enjoy most about climbing?
It forces me out of my head, gives me a good workout, and gives me a chance to meet and talk with lots of great people. I love the climbing community! The side-effect of tight abs and shapely arms isn’t a bad thing, either…
Q: How did you start climbing?
A friend of mine in my grad program first introduced me. Unfortunately, I broke my ankle on my third time, and so I had to take a year off. I met my partner around that time and he was an avid climber and got me back into it, and I’ve been completely obsessed ever since! (And injury free, for the most part!)
Q: Favorite Climbing Discipline?
I can’t say I have a favorite. I enjoy bouldering, top roping, and leading equally. I’d say it depends more on whether I’m alone or with climbing friends, and if those friends are the top rope or lead type.