|Place of residence:||Lakewood, Colorado|
|With EDELRID since:||2016|
|Sponsors:||EDELRID, Adidas Outdoor|
My favorite climbing area is Rifle Colorado. I love the elusiveness of the style there and the full body pump!
I started climbing at my brothers birthday party back in 2010, and just never stopped. For me the mental challenge is just as engaging as the physical challenge of climbing. I love that there is always something new to be climbed, and that each new things brings its own lessons!
I always strive to be the best person I can be, both in climbing and out of climbing. As a coach of a youth climbing team I hope that I can be positive influence on their lives.
I would say that an important milestone in my climbing was my first finger injury. At the time I was only upset that I couldn't climb, but I believe the lessons I learned in patience and how to properly balance my training and climbing have allowed me to push my limits higher and higher.
I have had many finger injuries over the years. There was about a 3 year period where ever year I would hurt a different finger. When I'm injured I try to find other things I can do to stay active and engaged. Coming back from any injury can be hard, and I believe that having patience and trust in the process allows you to come back stronger.
I don't really follow a super strict training schedule any more. I just like to follow my motivation. If I have a comp or trip coming up I will spend a couple weeks focusing on that. One thing I do enjoy is weight lifting, and I'll do this almost year round.
If you don't already start taking notes on all your workouts. Just being able to look aback and see progress and what has worked for you in the past can be the most beneficial thing you can do.
As a routesetter, coach, and someone who likes both competing and climbing outside I believe that climbing is routed in the movement, and wether it's in the gym or at the crag it is all climbing. I believe that the gym can be the perfect place to train for outdoor projects, and can offer its own kind of climbing experience.
With enough hard work and dedication we can achieve whatever we set out to, but it's also important to remember that nothing worth achieving is going to be easy.
I think having well thought out short and long-term goals is important for anyone looking to push themselves in sport. One of my dream climbs is Realization in Ceuse. It was one of the first videos I saw when I started climbing, and ever since then I have kept this route in the back of my mind when I set my other goals.
The challenge that comes with hard climbing is one of my biggest motivators. For me I like to break the climb into sections then celebrate each little victory along the way. I'm not the person to give up on something, and have had many multi year projects. Finally sending a route that I have spent so much time, energy, mental focus, and gas money on is the best feeling ever!
I believe that right now we just need to continue to try and educate climbers about how they can impact the climbing community as a whole thought the choices they make when they are outside.
I see the sport continuing to grow rapidly over the next few years. With this growth will come more crowds at climbing areas and at gyms. For me I try to do my best to educate new climbers about how to approach each aspect of the sport with respect for the land, rock, others, and themselves.