When you started competing in international competitions, did you see yourself being in the top-10?
When I began competing in international competitions, it was for fun, I did not see myself becoming top 10, especially not so quickly!
What motivated you to compete rather than just to climb outside?
Although I prefer to climb outside, I think there is room for competition as well. Indoor competitions provide a challenge I cannot find anywhere else. It is also a chance explore new places that the competitions are held! Most of all, it’s truly fun!
What are some struggles you face as an athlete?
As an athlete, one of the biggest struggles I face is competitiveness. When I am in a competition, or training, it is useful, but sometimes it overflows into the rest of my life. Another struggle is finding the right balance between, training and resting, strength and technique or expectation vs. result. But that is all part of what makes competitive climbing, or any sport so unique!
What influenced you to start competing?
My main influence for starting to compete was the opportunity for me to try something new. I had seen several comps hosted at my local gym, Sport Climbing Center, and they looked fun!
Who most helped you get to where you are right now?
There is no one person who helped me get where I am right now. I would also say it was my entire climbing community in Colorado Springs that got me here, from the guys who played add-on with me, to the climbers who encouraged me to try what seemed impossible at times! Additionally, without my family, I wouldn’t be climbing at all! My climbing grows and develops as we all climb together. I have also had many great coaches also! If I were to name one person, my friend Austin truly helped my climbing the most. Most of my outdoor climbing is thanks to him, as well as my inspiration to climb hard, and a constant reminder to climb because I love to climb!
What advice could you give to Young Athletes?
The best advice I could give to young climbers is to stay healthy. Don’t over train. The best training is gradual, and comes from climbing and learning new skills, not quick, intense and dangerous training techniques! Better yet, enjoy it! Climbing is the best.
What are some of your favourite hobbies?
My favourite hobbies are rubiks cubes, dog traing, hiking and making anything!