December 24, 2011
My love of climbing began in college, when I had my first outdoor climbing experience. I put my interest in climbing aside for a while, but picked it back up about 3 years ago, and I've been feeding the addiction ever since! In warm weather I climb outside whenever I can. Lately I'm trying to get as much mileage as I can leading multi-pitch trad climbs in The Gunks. I push my limits indoors, but I'm taking trad climbing nice and slow. Currently I have my sights set on leading the infamous High-E! As well as climbing itself, I've always enjoyed the more the technical aspects of climbing: practicing cool and useful knots, building anchors, practicing self-rescue techniques. I've found these skills can come in handy when you're in a tough spot! Some of my outdoor experience includes backpacking, thru-hiking the PCT, caving, winter camping, foraging for wild plants and mushrooms, and various wilderness survival techniques. In a former life I worked as a wilderness instructor.
Strictly vegan since college (I stopped counting the years), and vegetarian for a few years before that. There are many reasons, but the primary one is to avoid the unnecessary abuse and killing of animals, especially in the particularly cruel manner in which it is done at factory farms, where most animal products come from.
Climbing has become one of my main passions, a great source of fun, and inspiration. I enjoy both the physical and mental challenges. I always enjoy meeting new people, trying new things, making friends, and sharing adventures with good company.