I can hardly express in words how I feel about climbing. It is the centrepiece of my entire life and will be as long as I live. Passion can often be a tricky thing to explain.
I am 25 years old and live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I’ve been climbing since I was nine years old. Climbing has been the unwavering constant in my life since I first set foot into the Calgary Climbing Center climbing gym. It only took one summer camp for me to make up my mind. I was going to climb forever. Since my first time climbing, I’ve pushed myself in many disciplines of the sport. I started as a competitor and represented Canada at four World Championships. My competition career has been thus far the longest chapter of my climbing career. I have only recently left the competition proving ground and have found outdoor objectives more rewarding and inspiring. This past year I have experienced some of my most proud accomplishments to date. Over the last few years, I’ve also fallen more and more in love with trad climbing. Somehow I experienced some early success in this style, resulting in even more momentum to push harder.
I’ve always expected a lot from myself as a competitor, knowing what I’ve been capable of in the climbing world. It has been such an eye-opener to enter a world of climbing where I don’t know what I’m capable of yet and confront completely unfamiliar challenges. I find the most noteworthy and outstanding athletes to be the ones who excel in many disciplines of climbing. The driving force of my motivation is to become just that type of athlete.