Favorite type of climbing (bouldering, sports climbing, trad, etc.):
Love a mix of it all. Also really enjoy alpine climbing.
When and how did you get into climbing and what kept you interested / fascinated in the sport?
Started climbing when I was in High School around 18. Love where climbing takes you, so many beautiful places. Love the focus, intensity, being in the moment and so many challenging moments. Goal setting and sharing wonderful experience's with friends and family.
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?
Hero's many, Peter Croft, Lynn Hill, Doug Scott, Rob and Laura Wood. Dean Potter, Tommy Cadwell the list goes on.
I hope I give a strong influence to others to get out and enjoy the outdoors, live your dreams, embrace the moments in life and truly care for your surrounding, spread the goodness and share many happy moments.
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?
Milestones in life just trying to be a better person everyday. Going for goals and dreams and full filling them. Saying something then doing it. Also living for the moment.
What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?
I've had some serious set backs and injuries. Head on Collision with Van on my mountain bike, shattered tib and fib 3 months wheel chair one year care,skin graphs and reconstruction.
Also skiing, dropped a cliff hit hidden shelf, shattered lower lumber, shattered sacrum and coexist, blowing out pelvis, months in wheel chair long recovery. Also shatterd shoulder and arm mountain biking, reconstruction surgery.
Last one to mention major avalanche almost didn't make it and almost lost my good buddy.
From all of it, makes you really appreciate every moment and to be so very grateful to be alive, breath the fresh air, go for walks just being alive.
What is your favorite climbing related story / experience?
Many, really love just exploring and new routing and being out with good peeps, friends and family.