October 2, 2012
I've been climbing for years, both indoor and outdoor. I've climbed up to 5.11 outdoors and 5.12 in the gym (both top-rope). Last season, I started leading trad. I'm taking this very slowly, have tried to learn from professionals whenever I can, and am very gradually building confidence (only up to 5.8 so far). In the Gunks, I flashed High Exposure and Shockley's Ceiling. My most memorable multi-pitch adventures so far are the Gooseberry in Banff (850') and Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle in Mt Washington (900').
I've been vegan for about ten years now. When it comes to outdoor adventures, I find it hard to separate my love of nature with the choices I make that might save or destroy it. But I'm actually very health-oriented. If you've read the China Study, or looked at Dr Michael Greger's work, these are some of my biggest motivating factors.
I love climbing. Very few things for me are as humbling and inspiring as the adventures I've had in the vertical world. I want to share this with others, especially those who love nature and the creatures with whom we share it.