Favorite type of climbing (bouldering, sports climbing, trad, etc.):
I find that it's important for me to have a good balance of all styles.
When and how did you get into climbing and what kept you interested / fascinated in the sport?
A friend I worked with at the time invited me to go rock climbing with him. I hesitantly said yes but was instantly hooked once I'd climbed my first route. I feel climbing is a perfect combination of mental toughness a physical fitness, and it's always amazing to be outside as much as possible. Climbing is one of the few things I've found that actually feeds my soul. Surfing is a close second.
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 don't remember really having a role model as a kid, aside form Voltron: Defender of the Universe of course. I certainly don't consider myself a role model but hope that I've been a positive influence for people, more than a negative one.
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?
The thing with climbing achievements, is that so many of them can feel like a milestone at the time. For me, anyway, I feel like anytime I send a "project", regardless of the grade, I've achieved a new milestone within myself. I know that's all sound a bit philosophical, but it's true for me. There are certainly things I've done that I feel proud about, but it's the experiences that really stick with me.
What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?
I've been fortunate enough to not have had any major injuries or setbacks in regard to climbing, but I've certainly had my share of life setbacks. Every setback I have encountered has helped shaped me into who I am today, and I will forever be grateful for that.
What is your favorite climbing related story / experience?
I feel like there are too many to be able to pick just one. For me, it's all about the people I've met and climbed with through the years. My absolute best memories are ones like laughing with my partner on the side of the Grand Wall, or belaying my partner as they send their first 5.12, or playing "are they... in a relationship, partners, or friend zoned" in the parking lot of Red Rocks. I'm forever grateful to every single person I've met along the way, you have all made this life pretty amazing.