Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Current town: Logan, Utah
Who are your favorite climbers?
Jimmy Chin, Mark Synnot, Renan Ozturk, Alex Honnold, Lynn Hill and Tommy Caldwell. I find that I am inspired by a climber not solely because of how hard they send, but more the ability for them to tell the story of an amazing route. To take what the route is and what it means and capture it in a way that's more than its physical attributes .
Favorite hobbies outside of climbing:
One of my favorite things to do is build rope swings and jump off bridges. If i'm not climbing, I am probably on a mountain bike. I love the thrill of speed and pivoting on the edge of wrecking. Mountain biking is the closest thing to euphoria for me. I feel most at home in the outdoors. Whether it's camping, canyoneering, mountaineering, skiing or caving diving I love it all.
Something unique about you:
I didn't learn how to whistle until I was 22 years old. Not for a lack of trying but because I really couldn't figure it out. I seem to enjoy the climbing trips that make me suffer. Taking longer expeditions and really just getting hammered by the mountains. Some people say its only fun after the fact of doing something hard but I find that I actually enjoy it in the moment.
Why did you get into climbing?
Coming from a family of non-climbers, nobody really knows why I started climbing. All I know is that when I was young we were up Little Cottonwood Canyon and I fell in love with climbing. It started out as just a kid climbing rocks without a rope. Later it graduated to bouldering in high school. I really became a climber a year or two later when I had gone a rough patch and was feeling pretty alone. I had lost a lot of what made me who I am, climbing brought me back. Ever since, it's been more than a hobby for me - It's a way of life.
What style of climbing do you specialize in?
Mainly a sport climber. Big long traditional lines really excite me. I love finding massive exposure on tall high up faces.
Where is your favorite place to climb?
Logan Canyon for hard, crimpy, technical limestone. Little Cottonwood Canyon for trad and getting scared.
Tell us about a memorable climb you have completed:
Broast and toast wall in Red Rock Canyon. We were wandering around looking for some crack climbing and were hopelessly lost. Spent hours looking and only got on some chossy, low angle trash. Right before the sun started to set, we happened on this awesome line up a beautiful face. We had no idea what the route was, what it was rated or really where we were. Ending up being a perfectly sustained sandstone crimpfest through the whole line. Cruxing out right at the top before chains. Something about the sun setting around red rock and relatively exposed climb. I've never forgotten that route.