Favorite type of climbing (bouldering, sports climbing, trad, etc.):
Trad climbing; specifically wide and thin cracks!
When and how did you get into climbing and what kept you interested / fascinated in the sport?
I started climbing in college at Oklahoma State University. Oklahoma isn't exactly a popular climbing destination, but we had a gym on campus that allowed a small group of us to route set. On weekends, we drove to Arkansas to climb at Sam's Throne, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, or any number of crags in the area.
For me, climbing really became interesting when a few friends and I pooled 2-3 cams each to come up with a single rack and began learning to trad climb. The physical and mental challenges of climbing combined with the technical aspects of placing and using gear are what keep me motivated and excited about climbing.
What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?
Living in the middle of the country with limited access to outdoor climbing has been a consistent struggle. Therefore, I travel for climbing as much as I can, including spending entire seasons living out of my truck in the Utah desert and the plains of Wyoming.
What is your favorite climbing related story / experience?
A couple of years ago, I was dropping my wife and a friend off at a trail head in Squamish an hour before sun up so they could get an early start on Angel's Crest. While they were unloading the car in the dark, another crew of climbers pulled up and starting doing the same. Out of nowhere they yell over: "Is that Anthony?" It just so happened a friend I'd made while living out of my truck in Moab a few seasons before was now living in Squamish working as a rock guide. He had recognized my dog, Violet, who was milling about next to the car. I'm always amazed by how small the climbing community is!