San Francisco, CAUSA
Hometown: San Francisco
January 2, 2012
I climb almost entirely outdoors since I moved to Tahoe.
I've been climbing since the mid 90s. My level depends a lot on how much climbing I've been doing and how distracted I've been by other things, like backcountry snowboarding/skiing. I enjoy alpine climbing the most, but I'm happy any time I put my hands on rock.
Safe climbing is being self-reliant. When I started climbing I climbed with people who were more experienced than me. Pretty quickly I realized that if I was going to be an outdoor climber I needed to have the skills to deal with tough situations if my partner got in trouble, so I learned good anchoring techniques and self rescue skills, then I practiced. And practiced. Then once I thought I had a clue, I kept learning. New techniques and tricks are coming out all the time.
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I've been climbing and guiding for 18 years. I run the Outdoor Adventure Club,split time between SF and Truckee. I have an AMGA SPI, a WFR, a level3 cert from AIARE, I'm an AIARE 1 and 2 avalanche instructor, as well as backcountry snowboard guide