When and how did you get into climbing and what kept you interested / fascinated in the sport
Some close school friends introduced me to indoor climbing in early 1998. Since then I have experienced all aspect of climbing which is mainly the reason whilst I'm still hungry.
Aligning all the pieces of the puzzle to become a better climber is a life long challenge. That fascinates me.
Who was your childhood heroes and do you consider yourself a role model now? Does it influence you at all that other people look up to you?
The people that made climbing their number one choice in life. But if I was to name a few: Garth Miller, Wolfgang Gullich, Patxi Usobiaga and Yuji Hirayama come to mind.
I live and breath climbing, hopefully that is enough to inspire people to get motivated and follow what they set out to do.
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?
Being exposed to climbing whilst at school and growing up in a place (Tasmania) that had such a vast array of climbing areas. These areas were by no means the best but kept me hungry to explore the world.
Meeting an Innsbruck legend, Rupi Messner whilst in the Grampians at a young age helped shaping a large portion of the climber I am today. At the time I was just so psyched to climb and didn't realise the impact it was having on me.
Still to this day I'm very grateful for those priceless days we had in the Gramps sharing belays and hanging out.
What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?
Over my climbing life I have had various injuries and time away from the sport. Having experienced these moments (and I'm sure there will be many more to come) I don't regret anything. Each moment has helped me become the climber I am today.
What is your favourite climbing-related story / experience?
During the last 18 years I have had a crazy amount of good times and experiences but climbing Riders on the Storm with Lee Cossey in 2009 was extremely memorable. Being trapped on side of a cliff 700 meters up for 6 days will always be present in my mind....
You can relive the journey here - http://jakeandlee.blogspot.com/