Cypher Ambassador - Christian Lanley
My name is Christian, I'm 26 and I'm from the South Bay of Los Angeles CA. I grew up on the beach and surfed most of my life, and I'm also a songwriter. I grew up playing in punk/ metal bands and went to school for audio production.
What was your first experience climbing?
I climbed outdoors in Malibu Creek state park for the first time almost 4 years ago, and I've been hooked ever since.
What is your favorite type of climbing?
My favorite type of climbing is Alpine Climbing. This usually entails rock, snow, ice and a variety of terrain so it's sorta like a little of everything. I also love altitude.
Any style of climbing that you particularly dislike?
I wouldn't say I dislike any type of climbing, but I probably boulder the least. I do like bouldering with big groups of friends with lots of pads though!
Where are your favorite areas to climb?
I love climbing in Joshua Tree and Yosemite Valley, as well as anywhere in the Eastern Sierra.
Tell us about your all-time favorite climb –
It would be a close tie between The Nose of El Capitan and the Hornli Ridge on The Matterhorn...
Why do you climb?
I climb because I love being in the mountains, and even more so pushing myself to my physical and metal limits while in the mountains.
What other hobbies/interests or passions do you have?
I sing and play several instruments, as well as record/ mix my own music. Photography and film are passions of mine as well.
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What or who inspires you?
I'm inspired by big mountains and anybody who pushes limits. Climbers like Dean Potter, Ueli Steck, and John Long (to name a few) really inspire me as a climber.
Tell us about your dream vacation –
A month in Mallorca or Thailand for some beaches and deep waiter soloing...
Favorite post-send meal –
I usually find myself stuffing my face at Dennys after a long day of climbing or several days in the backcountry.
What are your long-term climbing goals?
Long term, I would love to be able to onsight 5.12 trad, and then eventually put up a new big alpine route somewhere like Baffin Island or the Trango Tower, or in Patagonia.
Follow Christian's adventures on instagram @lanleyc