|Place of residence:||Sisters, OR|
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Living in Sisters, OR with my parents is pretty ideal right now. I live in their backyard in a separated 500
square foot living space rent free, which allows me to focus on my climbing. My mom always cooks killer
meals and my dad is my main climbing partner. We are a 45 minute drive away from Smith Rocks, where
I work as a climbing guide. I'm not sure how much more set up I can be for climbing full time anywhere else.
Developing new routes at Smith Rocks is where I enjoy spending most of my time. It is what I'm most
passionate about in my climbing. I also enjoy taking road trips to new areas for a couple weeks at a time,
sometimes a month or two! My top places I've traveled to are various limestone crags in Southern Utah,
Maple Canyon outside Salt Lake City, and Red Rocks.
I am terrified of the ocean, fast moving rivers, and even large enough lakes.
Rope climbing mainly, although I usually gravitate towards sport. I wouldn't consider myself a bold
climber, especially on gear.
My dad has always been a climber and inspired me by his stories of climbing in Yosemite before I was
born. After breaking my wrist snowboarding in 2011, I decided to start climbing avidly after my recovery.
Snowboarding and skateboarding a lot as a kid made my knees feel old and my body sore. I didn't feel
like I was getting physically or mentally stronger, that's when I decided to start getting into climbing with
a rope. I knew climbing would push me both physically and mentally and would be relatively safe. I
always imagined I could someday be good at climbing with enough effort, so that also motivated me.
Since then, it's been nothing but a snowball effect.
Having Smith Rocks as a training ground quickly taught me to climb with good technique and a steady
head. After a year of climbing at Smith, I was starting to project the classic 5.12's. Less than a year later, I
was working my first 5.13-, Churning in the Wake, and eventually sent after a lot of effort. The 5.12's,
5.13's, and now the 5.14's at Smith have always kept me inspired locally.
Once I got to climbing 5.12 well, I began to appreciate my dad's routes he developed in the 90's at Smith
Rocks, such as Lords of Karma (5.12c) or Time to Power (5.12c), as projects. His past development has
always inspired me to develop at Smith Rocks as well. Since about 2014, I have been developing new
routes at Smith. This is what has kept me at Smith Rocks for my decade long climbing career.
My dad has always been my biggest inspiration and hero. I try to be like him in a lot of ways, it's what
got me into climbing in the first place. I do consider myself to be a role model now. People see all the
hard work I put into Smith Rocks, both as a project climber and developer. I do feel a lot of influence
from my local community looking up to me being a strong climber and thoughtful developer, especially
after doing it for years. They expect me to do a good job on the routes I develop and to climb stronger
than I probably can. Keeps me on my toes!!
Starting climbing in college was probably the biggest milestone in my life. Before then, I never had a true
passion for anything like climbing. Ever since I started, I have always done everything I could to be the
climber I wanted to be.
Sending Chain Reaction was what I would consider my first hard route and a milestone into harder
climbing. Years later, I started trying Vicious Fish (5.13d) in the middle of winter. I probably tried the
route 70 times in 3 months before doing it. Sending it surprised me just as much as the local community.
This inspired enough confidence to start trying Scarface (5.14a) and other hard routes. With Vicious Fish
under my belt, I felt a little more qualified to push my developing a bit further.
At the top of the Wombat, a streaked wall with marble like stone always caught my eye to develop but
seemed to gnarly. At the time, I probably developed around 30 routes but no 5.13's. That was the
mythical grade I wanted to develop but never did. When I first rapped down what is now known as the
Babylon Wall, I started with the most eye catching line. An overhanging bulbous arete on the left side of
the wall. It ended up taking a year of effort before I sent System of a Down (5.13c/d).
I feel like I have not had too many failures or setbacks in my climbing since I started. A couple injuries
here and there that took less than 2 months to heal, but nothing serious.My biggest setback would have
to be when my dog passed away from a porcupine encounter in the park. I can't remember exactly, but I
don't think I returned to Smith Rocks or to any climbing for at least a month.
A few years ago, I lost a good friend, Alex Reed, at Smith Rocks from a fall while trying to reach
an anchor. Before Alex passed, he bolted a bunch of projects that were way over his head out in
the Marsupials at Smith Rocks. He pulled off all the red tags on what he could see himself doing
in a reasonable amount of time and opened them to the public.
After his passing, I started to try what is now known as Bold as Love (5.13b) and was quickly
discouraged. So much to the point of not wanting to try it because I couldn't even do the moves
after hours of effort. I came back a few months later and gave it another try with some friends
beta and a handful more 5.13's under my belt. After some serious effort, I figured out some beta
and started giving it redpoint burns soon later. After about 15 tries, I managed to clip the chains.
I still remember the day I sent as the most emotional redpoint of my life! I have never wanted a
first ascent so bad, I knew it would be my most prized tangible connection to Alex. I know how
much it meant to him and all the experiences he had developing the route. Getting that redpoint
and first ascent is my most memorable climbing experience. Never have I almost cried tears of
joy at the chains of a redpoint.
No. I just try to stay active on my rest days by developing routes, trails, and belay stations at Smith
Rocks. Rock climbing guiding is a good trick to stay active even at work. During the work season, I
regularly get 25 days in a row at the park.
Active rest days are very important! I try to get out and do something on 95% of my rest days. Rarely do
I sit at home and have a chill day. I try to work my body day after day till exhaustion for as many days in
a row as I can handle. I give my hands rest days 3 or 4 times a week, but never the rest of my body. The
best athletes train hard almost everyday, even before game day. Eventually, that tired feeling is the new
I think it helps a ton! But living by Smith Rocks gives me an advantage to almost never need to go to the
gym. I'd prefer a day out at the cliff with my dog before wasting my energy at the rock gym. I also have
all the time to climb, so that is another advantage.
I'd say actual climbing skills. I'm not very active on any social media platforms.
I believe most people can obtain these goals. Some people are born with a different set of skills though,
so I would say I believe it is genetic to some degree. The biggest factor is motivation in my opinion.
I think setting long term goals and short term goals are important. It is good to not constantly fail, so
short term projects are good to mix into long term projects. My next big goals are to develop and send a
5.14- at Smith Rocks and also start ticking off more of the developed 5.14's as well. Eventually, I would
like to be able to send 5.14 in a week effort in different areas.
I get frustrated like most people. I try to focus on any progress made on individual moves and sections of
a climb, even if I regressed on a different section. Somehow, I always try to find some sort of a positive
take away from a route. I also look at things closely and try to figure out where I need to focus, whether
it is an oddly weighted foothold or body positioning. I try to look at all my limbs and find out which ones
are the most important, then I can focus my power and concentration there. I don't give up easy on a
route, but I do take breaks from those hard routes that take 40 or 50+ tries. Easier projects are
important for mega project sanity.
I can't think of any.
I hope to see myself finish my route developing at Smith Rocks until the rock runs out. I kind of hunker
down in the Marsupials away from people to develop all my chossy routes and manage to convince my
dad to come out with me.
I would like to start to focus on my personal climbing more and find out how hard I can climb without
developing 10 days a month, every month. I would also like to start traveling to different climbing
destinations. Hopefully, someday I will be able to climb 5.14 in a week's time on the road. I feel like I will
be more socially involved with the climbing community as a whole, both locally and around the states. I
would like to travel more and climb even harder!