|Homeland:||Victoria, British Columbia|
|Place of residence:||Squamish, British Columbia|
|With EDELRID since:||2021|
|Sponsors:||EDELRID, Scarpa, Organic Climbing, Midnight Lightning|
Establishing new routes in the Caucasus mountains of Armenia
Sending the iconic trad route, Sixty-Nine (13b), in Squamish. It isn't the hardest route, but the run outs proved a major mental struggle for me and completing it was one of the most exciting moments I've had climbing.
Living out of a van and climbing around North America, with my wife, for 3 years.
Bouldering, sport climbing, the occasional trad climb
I started going to the climbing gym around age 21, to get to know my now wife. Climbing was the first individual sport I had participated in, and the puzzle solving aspect of it got me hooked.
The first was spending 3 years living out of a van, traveling around North America and Mexico. This opened my eyes to all the places you can travel and climb, but also gave me a chance to meet and climb with amazing people from all over, creating friendships that will last a lifetime.
In early 2020, I made the move to Squamish permanently. Not only did life slow down and get much more relaxed, I now am able to get out to the crags or boulders much more than before.
In early 2021, I fully ruptured the A4 and partially ruptured the A3 in my pinky finger. This was a major bummer as it came on the tail end of the best bouldering season I'd ever had, and when I was feeling my strongest. I had to take a bit of time off climbing, and instead would support friends on their projects. I even tried aid climbing....ha! I've been doing a lot of rehab and strengthening, hoping to be back to a similar strength by the end of the year.
Stick with it.
I love climbing gyms as a place to train for outdoor climbing. I'd always take a day outdoors over a day in the gym. With that said, I probably wouldn't have discovered outdoor climbing if it weren't for starting in a climbing gym.
I think I've done one one-arm ever...using all my fingers.
I don't think it's possible for anybody to perform a 1-arm, but the beauty of climbing is that it doesn't matter. Anyone can experience the joy of climbing without needing to be the strongest, fastest, whatever. The best climber in the world and a new climber are going to have a similar experience pushing themselves and sorting out moves on whatever they happen to be trying.
I think goals are super important as it gives us something to work towards, and then to celebrate after.
For me, I'd love to climb 5.14d sport, 5.14a trad, and boulder V14. Those are definitely long term, life goals for me. Most important for me is to continue to be able to push myself, no matter what that looks like.
Most of my time is spent projecting, and getting frustrated is a part of the game. Those tricky moves and minor frustrations definitely motivate me to sort out the difficulties though. Living in Squamish, many of the problems are less about getting stronger and more about learning the minute intricacies.
I think climbing will continue to grow as it gets more and more visibility and recognition. With this growth our outdoor areas get busier, and the need for education and stewardship of the land is increasingly critical. I believe it is everyone's responsibility to be a roll model for crag ethics. I will continue to advocate about access groups, participate in crag clean ups, and be a steward every day when I'm out climbing.