Q: What’s your climbing style?
A: Trad climbing, Alpine climbing
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in climbing, and outside of climbing?
A: Several alpine first ascents; climbed 40 desert towers in a season in 2015; got a PhD in computer science at University of Pennsylvania
Q: What advice would you give to your first year climbing self?
A: Get some solid movement lessons from a climbing coach. Start bouldering as soon as possible.
Q: Who do you take advice from and why?
A: I haven’t have a particular person in mind.
Q: How has your training for climbing changed in the last year?
A: I dedicated more time on indoor bouldering and start a non-linear strength training program.
Q: How has climbing affected the people you choose to surround yourself with?
A: Climbing makes me to have more friends who are progressive thinking, open minded, and inquisitive.
Q: What have you done to give back to the climbing community?
A: I have written a couple climbing instructional books and gave classes on traditional climbing. I also have a blog sharing my climbing stories and reflections.
Q: What have you learned from failure?
A: I learned to dissect failures. This way a failure is not just a failure but useful information. And by looking carefully into information, I got more reliable self evaluation and can adjust my goals accordingly.
Q: Who are the climbers that inspire you the most, and why?
A: Mostly any bad ass trad/alpine female climbers, because I am just that. and there’re not many role models out there.
Q: What is your favorite climbing location, and why?
A: Desert Southwest. it’s simply beautiful and I like sandstone crack climbing.
Q: Why Butora Climbing?
A: I love crack climbing and Butora Alturas are the best crack climbing shoes I’ve ever worn.
Q: What are your favorite before and after climbing meals?
A: Home-made omelettes loaded with vegetables and cheese. Hot soup with chucks of meat.
Q: What is your spirit animal?
Questions from the Internet
These are questions our visitors have asked.
Q: What are some tips you would give to new outdoor climbers about crag etiquette?
A: Pack out whatever you pack in and don’t play music loudly.
Q: Tips you would give to someone who is stuck on their project? How do you stay motivated when you are stuck?
A: Try something different or put it aside for a while and climb something else fun and come back later.