Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Q: What’s your climbing style?
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in climbing, and outside of climbing?
A: My proudest accomplishment in climbing is climbing over 200 double digit boulder problems since climbing my first one 4 1/2 years ago.
Outside of climbing is landing a 360 chair spin on a unicycle.
Q: What advice would you give to your first year climbing self?
A: I would tell myself to focus on technique rather than powering through climbs. Even to this day I still struggle on more technical climbs.
Q: Who do you take advice from and why?
A: I take advice from anyone that is willing to give advice. I think that there is something to be learned from every person in life if you are open to what they have to say.
Q: How has your training for climbing changed in the last year?
A: During the past year is actually the only time I have ever focused on certain training to work on my weaknesses. I think it’s important to take the time and realize that I have weaknesses instead of avoiding climbs that I’m not good at because they are more difficult for me.
Q: How has climbing affected the people you choose to surround yourself with?
A: Naturally climbers are very driven and motivated individuals. So, in turn, I surround myself with mostly climbers that get me psyched and help me get motivated on whatever project or life goal I have.
Q: What have you done to give back to the climbing community?
A: Often times I like to give tours to people to areas that I know well. I also like to take people outside climbing for their first time to give them the confidence to transition from the indoors to the outdoors.
Q: What have you learned from failure?
A: Failure for me is an indication that I am pushing my limits in whatever I am doing in life. So instead of getting frustrated when I fail I embrace it and figure out ways to overcome failure.
Q: Who are the climbers that inspire you the most, and why?
A: The climbers that inspire me most are those who push their limits and stay motivated on a daily basis and have a calm.
Q: What is your favorite climbing location, and why?
A: Currently Rocklands in South Africa is my favorite climbing location. The area is just so vast and has seemingly endless amount of rock in every direction you look and almost ever boulder has multiple 5 stars lines on it. That and the fact that you are all the way out in Africa experiencing a totally different culture and way of life.
Q: Why Butora Climbing?
A: I have been climbing in the Blue Acros for almost 3 years and I will never change shoes ever again. The shoes perform better than any other shoe I have ever worn and are so comfortable that I rarely have to take them off.
Q: What are your favorite before and after climbing meals?
A: Every day before I climb I have a massive bowl of oatmeal with protein powder and a spoon of jelly. And depending if I send my project or not depends on what I eat. If I send I have a double scoop ice cream cone. If I don’t send I eat a salad with some sort of meat for protein in it.
Q: What is your spirit animal?
A: A Pig.
Questions from the Internet
These are questions our visitors have asked.
Q: What differences have you found in climbing Narsha versus climbing in Acro?
A: The Narshas are a much stiffer shoe that I like to use for precise edging. The Acros are my go-to shoe for everything from slab to steep overhangs.
Q: What are some tips you would give to new outdoor climbers about crag etiquette?
A: Always make sure to pack out your trash and double check to make sure you haven’t left any trash behind. Also, always remove whatever tick marks you have made on the rock.
Q: Tips you would give to someone who is stuck on their project? How do you stay motivated when you are stuck?
A: When projecting something at your limit it is important to not get frustrated and realize that even the smallest progress is still progress. Sometimes the best thing to do if you are losing motivation over a project is to try some other climb. Taking a break is sometimes all you need to get motivated again on the main project.
Q: How have you overcome fear in climbing (fear of falling, fear of failure, etc.)?
A: Fear can play a huge part in climbing. What I found helps me a lot is surrounding yourself with people that you trust and motivate you to overcome the fear factor. Also, it’s important to know your limits and to make sure you know the consequences if you fall or fail on a project before getting into a sketchy situation.