I spent most of my life close to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, and more recently the Wasatch and Uintah Ranges in Utah. Climbing came to me as something to do after I got laid off from my first job out of college in 2008, but is now a crucial part of my life. It’s a constant quest to find balance for me as I navigate early wake-ups and night sessions to squeeze as much climbing as I can into my 40-hour work week. When I am home, I am inspired by the climbing in my backyard; Utah has so much climbing history and so many amazing benchmark lines in all disciplines.
1. Sending my first project, the Monkey Traverse at Flagstaff Mountain, v4/5.12, after 3 months of effort, in 80 degrees in direct sun.
2. The first sandstone crack I ever endeavored up not on a toprope. It took me almost an hour. I sent. I lost the top layers of skin on both hands, as well as my left knee. I cried out of fear in the middle of the climb, and joy at the anchor.
3. Riddles in the Dark, v10, Rocky Mountain National Park
4. Une Pointe de Bleau, v11, Hueco Tanks
5. Redpointing my first 14a, Close Quarters Combat, Maple Canyon
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