Hometown: Springfield, MO
Q: What’s your climbing style?
Q: Who do you take advice from and why?
A: I’ve been lucky enough to meet and spend time with a few climbing pioneers recently. They always have a lot of knowledge and I value their advice. Other than that, I rely on my wife and close friends for advice concerning climbing and day-to-day life.
Q: How has your training for climbing changed in the last year?
A: It has definitely become a lot more specialized. I find myself training for specific projects and targeting weaknesses. It’s important for me to allow my training to evolve with my own climbing, this keeps things fresh and helps with consistent progress.
Q: What have you done to give back to the climbing community?
A: I coached a youth climbing team for a while and I’ve put a lot of time into expanding the climbing community in Missouri/Arkansas. Over the past few years, I’ve spent loads of time exploring, cleaning, and opening new climbs. Developing is a big part of why I love climbing and it is always great for the local community to have new stuff to try!
Q: What have you learned from failure?
A: I tend to enjoy climbs that are at my physical and mental limit. Because of this about 90% of my average climbing day is failure. I find that through failure I learn a lot about myself, and the harder I fail the better the eventual success feels!
Q: Who are the climbers that inspire you the most and why?
A: Climbers like Ben Moon, James Litz, John Gill, Jerry Moffatt, and Fred Nicole are some of my personal climbing heroes. Each of them was pioneers in their day and we can see the results of their vision in today’s climbing culture.
Q: What is your favorite climbing location and why?
A: Arkansas without a doubt, I love sandstone and Ark has some of the best in the country. The area also has an insane potential for new development, other than that I just enjoy the people and culture down there.
Q: Why Butora Climbing?
A: Really great climbing products, but more importantly the people I get to work with are incredible and so supportive!
Q: What are your favorite before and after climbing meals?
A: Before, gotta go with a breakfast burrito! After a big day of climbing, we’ll usually grab a pizza.
Q: What is your spirit animal?
A: Hawk? Or a turtle depending on the day. haha
Questions from the Internet
Q: What are some tips you would give to new outdoor climbers about crag etiquette?
A: Brush your ticks, pick up after yourself, and pay attention to access issues.
Q: Tips you would give to someone who is stuck on their project? How do you stay motivated when you are stuck?
A: Keep a positive attitude, and sometimes its best to walk away instead of beating your head against something. I find its best to go try some other things then come back with a fresh perspective.