What’s your favorite thing about rock climbing?
Rock climbing is part of my identity. It links my body and spirit intimately with nature as it creates a dance between myself and the rock. I love the beauty and the power of the movement dictated by the route - one must work to unlock, understand, and perfect the movements to achieve a personal goal. Then, when you reach your goal, you pause to enjoy the moment, and move on; quest is never-ending and it’s awesome.
What brought you to it? / How’d you get into it?
Initially, my best friend in high school and her boyfriend brought me to Moonstone Beach in Humboldt County, put a top rope up at Karen Rock, threw a harness on me, and said have fun! I was psyched! But I didn’t climb again until I saw a flier for an indoor rock climbing trip my freshman year of college and was the only participant to show up for the trip. I was psyched yet again! Unfortunately, over the next year or so, I just dabbled with climbing occasionally as I was adapting to the new college life. Eventually, I got a gym membership and put myself on rockclimbing.com in search of partners to get outside. Many amazing people helped show me the way, and eventually I was spending every weekend in Yosemite, learning the old school traditional climbing ways. Over the years, I have gone through phases between sport, bouldering, and trad, but ultimately, I seem to find myself most passionate about sport climbing - always in search of the next inspiring line…
What’s made you really proud/inspired/stoked about it?
It is incredible to see how climbing has progressed over the years and especially just in the past three to four decades. The youth climbing scene is growing like crazy and pushing the limits like never before, professional climbers are now making a living off of rock climbing, and climbing associations are reaching out for environmental protection and awareness to build a better future. I’m stoked to be a part of such an inspiring, progressive, and passionate community.
Any awards, recognitions, accomplishments or qualifications you want to mention?
Numerous 1st place awards in Bouldering and Sport Climbing Citizen’s comps in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA and northern Utah region
What is some little thing in your life – something that you do, or something that someone does for you, whatever - that gives you real joy?
While climbing is a significant part of my life, I also work full time as a Physical Therapist. I am very passionate about living and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, and so helping others return to the activities where they find joy is extremely rewarding. That is exactly what I get the pleasure of doing every day I go to work.
What do you love most about traveling?
I love everything about traveling; I’m like a kid in a candy store! I’m always thrilled by the opportunity to explore new places, new terrain, and new rock, but ultimately, I think one of my favorite things about traveling is meeting new people. Despite the rapid growth of the climbing community, it is still a uniquely tight knit bunch who welcome new friendships; drinking beers and swapping stories by the campfire is a great way to wrap up a day of exciting adventure…