Date of Birth:
April 8th 1968
Lake Placid, NY
What is your primary means of adventure, AKA what gets you most psyched?
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?
Dream adventure: I dream of long, interesting , ice routes in beautiful , sunny, unpopulated areas of the world. I love narrow, and or thin routes that have some character that I wont forget.
Describe 5 climbs, trips, or moments that have defined you as a mountain athlete:
- 1st ascent of “Shaugdro” WI5x 500m Khumbu, Nepal
- 1st ascent “Ruination” WI 6X, Poko Moonshine, Adirondacks
- “Losar” WI 5 700m with Erik Weihenmayer , Scotland, Alaska any trip with that guy is a blast.
- Climbing the good, harder classics of the Canadian Rockies…awesome.
- All the thin, weird, fun ascents at home in the NE and on the road.
Describe your most memorable night in the mountains:
Cheap sleeping bags from Namche (Khumbu, Nepal), a sloping, rocky ledge, an all to short lived little fire and a long night of shivering with Erik Weihenmayer and Rob Raker. It helps having buddies that can laugh when the suffering gets bad.
What has scared or intimidated you as a mountain athlete?
Yak cheese pizza
What would your adventure partners be most surprised to learn about you from before the time when they met you?
I sported 80’s lycra climbing pants.
What are your top 5 all‐time favorite pieces of CAMP equipment?
- X‐ Dream tools
- Blade Runner Crampon
- Photon draws and photon lockers….soooo light.
- New Air CR harness
- Armour Helmet…..INDESTRUCTABLE !!
Why are you a CAMP athlete?
I love the gear and the way the company goes about developing great gear. It’s not just about engineers and the bottom line, it’s about what works and cool concepts.
It meant a lot to me when I climbed:
- “Weeping Pillar” WI 6, Canadian Rockies
- “Simian” WI 5+ X, Poko Moonshine, Adirondacks
- “Wilhiem Jorge” WI 5 M6X Adirondacks
- “Losar”, WI 5 700m, Khumbu , Nepal
- “Stingray” WI5+X Adirondacks
The adventure, route or race I had to train the hardest for was:
I train myself to about the same level every year. The variance comes with the amount of Mexican food I eat.
The adventure, route or race that wrecked me the most was:
A Nepal trip with food poisoning. We ended up doing an FA and “Losar”, but I was sick the whole time….lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks.
I most want an all‐expenses‐paid trip to:
The Indian Himalaya
My short list of climbing or adventure goals this year:
- Trad mixed lines
- One good international adventure.