Artist · Climber · Photographer · Routesetter
I was introduced to climbing at age seven in the suburban Midwest through competitive youth climbing. With some success at the national and international level, I was burnt out by the end of high school, and practically gave up climbing going into college. Climbing needed to be remade in my life. It took me several years to figure that out.
After graduating from undergrad in Chicago, I moved back to my hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, and started making regular trips to the Red River Gorge again. I was getting back in shape, enjoying the community again, and loving the time spent in the forested hills of Kentucky. But climbing was too similar to what it had been—a simple chasing of grades within the one-dimensionality of sport climbing. I wanted something more, to expand.
I finally found what I was looking for when I moved to Seattle, Washington, in 2015. The wildness of the Cascade Range became the perfect canvas for me to pursue creative expression in the mountains, through climbing and photography. I also found Seattle to be an epicenter for the growth of the art of route setting, and feel lucky to be making a living from it.
Climbing has enabled me to live a free and inspired life. I aspire to be a well-rounded climber, pushing my climbing in both directions -- from bouldering to alpine climbing -- but I know I will always love the free movement over rock the most.
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Pilar Rojo (5.12a, 600m), Mermoz, Patagonia
Dr. Evil (5.14a), Litle Si, WA
Lost Horizons (5.14b), Little Si, WA
Divine Punishment (5.13b), Red River Gorge, KY — onsight
Hagakure (V12), Index, WA
All of the Above (V12), Index, WA — in-a-day
Live Free or Die! (5.12d, 400m), Liberty Bell, Washington Pass, WA — FA
Liberty Crack (5.13b, 400m), Liberty Bell, Washington Pass, WA — 5th free-ascent
Westie Face (5.13a, 300m), Leaning Tower, Yosemite, CA — in-a-day
Final Frontier (5.13b, 300m), Fifi Buttress, Yosemite, CA
Eye of the Tiger (5.12d, 300m), Supercave Wall, Washington Pass, WA — onsight
Badman (5.14a), Smith Rock, OR
Pornification (5.14a), Little Si, WA
Aggro Monkey (5.13b), Smith Rock, OR — onsight
TPMV (5.13a trad), Index, WA — onsight
West Buttress (AK Grade 2, 50°, 4000m), Denali, AK — 2016
Amandla (5.13d), Index, WA
16 Youth National Championships
Three 1st place finishes
Twelve U.S. Team qualifications (top-4 finishers)
Recipient of the North Face Young Gun Award, USA Climbing Youth Nationals
5 Youth World Championships
One top-5 finish and four top-20 finishes