Date of Birth:
September 21, 1981
What is your primary means of adventure, AKA what gets you most psyched?
Rock Climbing, Alpine Skiing, Ice Climbing, Surfing
Invent your dream adventure by combining five places, disciplines, pitches, peaks, environments, etc. and stacking them together into a combination. Why did you pick each part?
- First dream adventure would be to travel to Europe and climb six long hard multi pitch rock routes in different classic European big walls.
- Second, would be to travel to Canada to climb some of the hardest mixed ice routes in the world, followed by climbing a few long classic multi pitch ice routes in the Canadian Rockies.
- Third, would be to travel to Morocco to surf big waves, explore markets, and eat local foods.
- Fourth, would be to travel to Japan, eat ramen at as many noodle shops as possible, and ski bottomless powder.
- Fifth, would be to learn how to kite board in the ocean at any good destination, because that looks awesome!
Describe 5 climbs, trips, or moments that have defined you as a mountain athlete:
- Growing up entrenched in competitive downhill ski racing, spending countless days in wintery mountains, and countless days traveling to the next big ski race location.
- Traveling to Europe in my early 20’s solo for a three and a half month climbing trip. That trip forced me to use all of my adventuring skills and opened me up socially to meeting and climbing with new climbers from around the world.
- Finding, bolting, cleaning, and climbing over 200 new routes across the north west of the United States. This provided so many solitary adventures and adventures with friends to find new cliffs and to establish new routes.
- Climbing my first multi pitch ice and mixed routes in the Canadian Rockies. Hydrophobia, Cryophobia, and The Real Big Drip. It was a crazy experience to climb big ice and mixed routes in wintery Canadian conditions.
- Climbing in the moment with no other worldly distractions, the good days when everything works perfectly together, when you float and feel that you can climb forever.
Describe your most memorable night in the mountains:
As a ski racing kid, one night we purchased cheap inflatable pool tubes from a gas station and snuck onto the ski mountain in the middle of the night. We spent hours hiking to the top of the mountain and tubing down black diamond ski runs by moonlight. Someone working the ski mountain saw us up on the slopes with head lamps on and sent snowmobiles after us. We ended up hiding the rest of the night in the trees under the stars only to have to ski race at the crack of dawn the next day, all day.
What has scared or intimidated you as a mountain athlete?
New experiences and trying out new aspects of climbing is always the most intimidating. (or anything in life really) It is also the most rewarding when you get out of your comfort zone and try something new, become a beginner again, and discover something great you never thought was possible.
What would your adventure partners be most surprised to learn about you from before the time when they met you?
I am afraid of swimming in murky or dark open water, it scares the $#@% out of me.
What are your top 5 all-time favorite pieces of CAMP equipment?
Why are you a CAMP athlete?
CAMP makes the best fast and light gear for anyone wanting to adventure into the mountains, that is a given. The people at CAMP and the other CAMP athletes are why I am a CAMP athlete. I like to surround myself with the best people and CAMP provides.
It meant a lot to me when I climbed:
Any of the first ascents I have done on rock, ice, or mixed. Any good day at the cliffs or ice with good friends.
The adventure, route or race I had to train the hardest for was:
Everything, I have to train for everything.
The adventure, route or race that wrecked me the most was:
The Real Big Drip, Canada. 5am to 2am next day door to door. Lots of epics that day.
I most want an all-expenses paid trip to:
Verdon Gorge or Sardinia or Switzerland or Canada or Morocco or the Dolomites
My short list of climbing or adventure goals this year:
- Continue developing new routes at Wolf Point, WY
- Climb 5.14d
- Climb classic long ice routes in Cody, WY
- Climb at least one peak in the Wind River Mountains.
- Travel to a new place I have never been for some kind of adventure activity.