Hometown: Coatesville ,PA
Q: What’s your climbing style?
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in climbing, and outside of climbing?
A: Mentoring both the kids on the Philadelphia rock gym climbing team as in my inner city.
Q: What advice would you give to your first year climbing self?
A: Buy shoes that fit.
Q: Who do you take advice from and why?
A: Coaches and close friends.
Q: How has your training for climbing changed in the last year?
A: The past year of training has been harder than ever. Sharing workouts tips with climbers I’ve met from all over has really taken my Climbing to the next level.
Q: How has climbing affected the people you choose to surround yourself with?
A: Climbing has definitely help me surround my self with people just as motivated as me and I’ve been blessed to have met so many people like this who care about me as much I care about them.
Q: What have you done to give back to the climbing community?
A: I’m so proud to have introduced kids to Climbing and help them get psyched about It. helping to create the next generation of climbers is, to me the best way I can give back.
Q: What have you learned from failure?
A: The biggest things I’ve learned from failure in competition is how to get myself in the best head space. Not too stressed but not indifferent about performance.
Q: Who are the climbers that inspire you the most, and why?
A: Solomon Barth
Q: What is your favorite climbing location, and why?
A: I’ve always had a soft spot for the gunks, my parents have been climbing there since before I was born and I’ve been going since before I even started climbing.
Q: Why Butora Climbing?
A: I feel in love with the Acros as soon as I tried them on. The people at Butora are some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met and have helped me so much.
Q: What are your favorite before and after climbing meals?
A: Before: scrambled eggs and salsa
After: grilled chicken
Q: What is your spirit animal?
A: Allen Iverson stepping over Tyronn Lue in the 2001 NBA finals.
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: Acros are by far my favorite shoes I’ve ever owned, but sometimes they’re just not stiff enough to stand on those tiny edge feet on a slab or face which is where the Narshas can’t be beat.
Q: What are some tips you would give to new outdoor climbers about crag etiquette?
A: The biggest thing to remember is to respect the area and try your best to leave it like you found it.
Q: Tips you would give to someone who is stuck on their project? How do you stay motivated when you are stuck?
A: Sometimes it’s good to take a step back on your project. Get your self psyched on other climbs, come back refreshed.
Q: How have you overcome fear in climbing (fear of falling, fear of failure, etc.)?
A: For me to get over a fear in Climbing I need to get more motivated than I am afraid, for example, when I started I was terrified of hights (I know ironic) and I got over it by finding a club I had so much fun doing and was so exited to end that I forget all about being afraid