Since: August of 2016
About Me: Climbing is my passion. I started climbing as a kid, but not in earnest until I started climbing weekly at the U of M until I graduated and went to St. Cloud State University. There I spent most of my time either in class, or at the rock climbing wall on campus. While there I started setting regularly. It was during the summer of 2013 that I started working at Vertical Endeavors as a camp counselor. After college I taught high school and middle school math in Stillwater and Minneapolis, all the while maintaining a part time job at Vertical Endeavors. In the summer of 2016 I was excited to accept a full time position at Vertical Endeavors and work more closely with my passion.
Hometown: Plymouth, MN
Climbing Since: 2005
Favorite Type of Climbing: Any climbing that gets me outside
Favorite Climbing Area: Robinson Park in Sandstone, MN.
What I love about climbing: I love how climbing combines problem solving with physical activity. What’s more is that the challenge is personal. You are competing against another person or another team you are competing against yourself. The other climbers are just other people on the same journey as you, so you get to bond with them over the moves, rather than building animosity or rivalries. That isn’t to say that can’t happen in climbing but it’s not as common as it is in other sports.
Other Interests: Backpacking, biking, cooking, reading, running and teaching.
Interesting Facts: I prefer biking to driving, in fact when I went to school in St. Cloud I would bike home to Plymouth to visit family and friends. Also, I love spicy food despite being born and raised in Minnesota – not just Minnesota spicy, thai spicy is mild to me.