Favorite type of climbing (bouldering, sports climbing, trad, etc.):
When and how did you get into climbing and what kept you interested / fascinated in the sport?
I started climbing at my brothers birthday party back in 2010, and just never stopped. For me the mental challenge is just as engaging as the physical challenge of climbing. I love that there is always something new to be climbed, and that each new things brings its own lessons!
Who was your childhood hero and do you consider yourself a role model now? Does it influence you at all that other people look up to you?
I always strive to be the best person I can be, both in climbing and out of climbing. As a coach of a youth climbing team I hope that I can be positive influence on their lives.
What were the most important milestones in your life so far, both in climbing and in everyday life? Did you immediately recognize them as such or only later on?
I would say that an important milestone in my climbing was my first finger injury. At the time I was only upset that I couldn't climb, but I believe the lessons I learned in patience and how to properly balance my training and climbing have allowed me to push my limits higher and higher.
What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?
I have had many finger injuries over the years. There was about a 3 year period where ever year I would hurt a different finger. When I'm injured I try to find other things I can do to stay active and engaged. Coming back from any injury can be hard, and I believe that having patience and trust in the process allows you to come back stronger.