Age: 27, Years climbing: 5, Hometown: Boulder, Colorado, Favorite product: KATANA LACE
Do you clip bolts, plug cams, stack pads, or crush ice?
I plug cams and clip bolts. Occasionally I attempt to stack pads.
How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?
This is my first year.
What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?
My primary goal is to keep climbing and pushing myself as long as I am inspired to do so. I hope that climbing, in some form, will always be a passion of mine and continue to provide an amazing way to live and see the world. I would also like to develop the ability to handle being cold, so I can climb longer routes in remote places. I’m working on it.
Do you have a claim to fame?
I am extremely good at sleeping. Anywhere. Anytime. Sleeping. (Yawn.)
Do you have any vices?
Catering to the whims of my spoiled dog. She owns me and she knows it.
What makes you tick as a climber and in the real world?
I love technical, cryptic climbing that requires mental stamina and ingenuity. I love to be challenged and to act outside of my comfort zone. I love people who are inspired, motivated, and genuine.
What drives you to climb? The money? The groupies? The fame? What?
I love that climbing is a constant learning process. There are always new challenges and you are constantly learning about yourself and what you are capable of. I love that it motivates me to challenge myself, to push the limits of my comfort zone, and to try hard.
What is your favorite movie?
Point Break, Tombstone, and Ordinary People.
Do you have any nicknames? Explain:
Nope. I was traumatized in high school by the nickname “Flemwad” and I have refused to acknowledge any play on my name since.
What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?
About 50 hours. It involved a packed train across India, a broken down bus, bad street food, three donkeys, a phenomenally talented 16 year old Nepali ping pong player, and his golden retreiver, Jeff.
If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?
Well, my heart beats strongest for my home state of Massachusetts, but that would be a rather unfortunate name. Nevada sounds nice.
What did you have for lunch yesterday?
A banana and almond butter.
If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?
Probably all three. In some sort of random, unorganized assemblage that would be wildly entertaining to no one but myself.
What really scares you about climbing?
If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
I have no idea. But I would like it to star Rick Moranis.
Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?
Have no food or have no gasoline?
Has anyone ever said no food?
Do you wish you had sexier feet?