Date of Birth:
April 29, 1981
What is your primary means of adventure, AKA what gets you most psyched?
Competition mixed climbing
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?
My dream adventure would be to travel to the Alps for a World Cup competition and stay to complete the Colton-Macintyre on the Grand Jorasses. I truly love competing and getting to hang with all of the great people that are involved. And, well, I’ve just always wanted to do the super classic Colton-Macintye route.
Describe 5 climbs, trips, or moments that have defined you as a mountain athlete:
- My first climb, which was some easy top rope climbing in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge that I went on with my college chemistry professor.
- In 2006 I went to Colorado and Utah on a climbing trip. This was the first time that I had been climbing outside of Oklahoma. I was way in over my in Unaweep Canyon and Arches National Park, but it really changed my outlook on climbing. I would soon decide to move to Colorado.
- My first time mixed climbing in Vail. From there I decided that this is the form of climbing that challenged me the most and would therefore motivate me to get better and to push my limits.
- My first time in a competition. I barely got 20-feet off the ground but I really liked it. I have been driven to do better ever since.
- Going to a World Cup event in Saas Fee, Switzerland was really eye-opening. I loved getting to see a whole other level of mixed climbing athletes, both at the competition and several crags around Europe.
Describe your most memorable night in the mountains:
On my first alpine rock climb I went with my wife on the Culp-Bossier on Hallett peak. I lead every pitch so we were moving slowly and we also got a late start. This ended with us spending the night on the top of Hallett Peak in the middle of September. Cold!
What has scared or intimidated you as a mountain athlete?
Failure. Not the “redpointing a route” type of failure but the “I didn’t try my best so I am not at my best” type of failure.
What would your adventure partners be most surprised to learn about you from before the time when they met you?
That I grew up on a ranch and rode bulls and bucking horses in the rodeo when I was in high school.
What are your top 5 all-time favorite pieces of CAMP equipment?
Why are you a CAMP athlete?
Because you guys let me! No, I feel it is because of my love for the brand and for all types of climbing. I truly enjoy every type of climbing and that allows me to climb year round. Using CAMP’s great gear just makes everything better.
It meant a lot to me when I climbed:
- Ryan Vachon and I climbed the first assent of Circling Sharks (3-Pitch, M8+, Trad, Mixed) in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was great to do a new route in “The Park” and contribute to the area’s long legacy.
- Winning my first competition was great and really motivated me.
- Climbing the Finger of Fate route on the Titan, care-to-car in a day.
- Climbing, and leading two pitches of, Bridal Veil Falls meant a lot to me. It was only my second season climbing ice and it really pushed me physically and mentally.
- The pink route in the gym. The one that goes through the roof… Rad!
The adventure, route or race I had to train the hardest for was:
Every World Cup event. At this point they drive me the most.
The adventure, route or race that wrecked me the most was:
The 2014 World Cup in Bozeman, Montana. While I was climbing well I made a mental mistake. This really zapped my motivation for almost two months.
I most want an all-expenses-paid trip to:
The Alps for three months during late winter early spring.
My short list of climbing or adventure goals this year:
- Compete better next winter.