What was your first experience climbing?
My first climbing experience outdoors was in the Tetons on Disappointment Peak. It was far from disappointing and I knew I'd be in this for the long haul. Multi-pitch climbing absolutely terrified me in the best way possible.
What is your favorite type of climbing?
Trad and alpine. I'll climb anything and have a good time, but the aspect of the long approaches and multi-faceted adventure keeps my stoke high.
Any style of climbing that you particularly dislike?
I don't boulder. When I'm outside I'd just prefer to be on a rope.
Where are your favorite areas to climb?
City of Rocks, Washington Pass, the Cascades and Indian Creek.
Tell us about your all-time favorite climb -
Sleeping on the top of the Southwest Rib in Washington Pass was one of my all time favorite climbs. Nothing too terrifying, lots of smiles and laughs, and beautiful exposure. We slept on the summit and enjoyed a fun descent. I also love anything on the Grand, as that's a classic climb and a beautiful walk.
Why do you climb / spend time outdoors?
It's one of the only times my mind is quiet. I find it difficult to focus on many things, and climbing provides a space where my mind has no room to wander. It's a huge relief for me.
What other hobbies/interests or passions do you have?
Skiing, mountaineering, backpacking, boating, fly fishing, mountain biking. Anything that gets my body moving up and through mountains is fun for me.
What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by people who live their lives from a place of love, rather than fear. It doesn't even matter what they're doing or who they are, but instead how they approach life. It's a mindset I admire the most, and any one of us is capable of achieving it.
Tell us about your dream vacation –
Multi-adventures like climbing and skiing/mountaineering or fishing and backpacking go well together and provide. a lot of diversity in the fun-having. The real dream would be to do everything in a day: ski, climb, surf, fish, boat, bike... you get the idea.
Favorite post-send meal –
Coffee ice cream and a giant Dr. Pepper or Cherry/Vanilla Coke.
What are your long-term climbing goals, bucket list items, etc.?
I'd like to climb my first big wall and sleep on a portaledge, and do more big peaks internationally.
Anything else we should know?
We move through mountains so they can move us.