- AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
- Youth Specialist
How and when did you get started climbing?
A friend from college brought me along on a guided trip to the Red River Gorge. That’s all it took; I’ve taken breaks here and there, but never intend to quit.
What is your favorite style/type of climbing?
Sport Climbing!! Special amounts of love for multi pitch sport climbing
What makes climbing/guiding so special to you?
You can experience different forms of physical and emotional success in rock climbing almost regardless of your skill level, size, age, or gender. It promotes self-connectivity and self-confidence in a way that most other sports can’t.
You also get to spend a ton of time out in nature, which is a good idea for any mammal on planet earth :). For me, not coming from an outdoor background, climbing has been a gateway that also led to camping, hiking, and backpacking.
I feel much more connected with myself and the natural world and happier as a result. I want to spread the happiness, healthiness, and mindfulness to everyone else that I can.
What are your most difficult/proudest/favorite sends?
The middle pitches of seventh sojourn and the northwest ridge of the thumb in the Sandias. Procrastination 12a on the rad wall at El Rito. Six Shooter 12a in Jack’s Canyon. Climbing as many 5.10s in a day for 6 days in a row in the Red River Gorge as I could before my whole body gave out.
What are some goals for your future?
Continue to improve and learn as a teacher and guide; never stop learning.
Pursue more education: currently looking into the fitness trainer certification program and becoming a certified personal training through CNM.
Gain more confidence with traditional climbing skills.
Do my best to always be an evolving, empathetic, and loving person
What do you feel comfortable guiding?
Top Rope and Sport Climbing Outings oriented towards beginner to intermediate climbers
Do you have a favorite quote or personal mantra?
“It is never too early nor too late to care for the well-being of the soul” (Epicurus)
Name 5 things that make you happy.
- Being outside
- Thought-provoking and funny conversation
- Playing Music
Tell us something about yourself that isn’t climbing related.
I almost went to school for music education. I play the clarinet regularly right now, but I can also play saxophone, piano, ukulele, and I can sing
Tell us something about someone else at Suntoucher that you find interesting.
I found out from a coworker that when Bryce and Marc guided in South America they would use time-off to take on projects that helped local schools, communities, etc. I worked with Bryce for years and he never said anything about it.
I’m psyched on the awesome level of these guys.