I joined rock climbing at the late age of 19, but wow – it hit me harder than that torso-sized block I pulled off of Potrero Chico’s El Sendero Luminoso during a team on-sight in 2016. As I shrugged off the small boulder in free fall and felt the rope’s tension catch me, I thought, “Phew! I get to keep climbing.” The next thing I thought was, “I’m glad it wasn’t Honnold.”
Rock climbing represents everything I love – learning to move with the natural world, developing my body and mind, a supportive community, and solving challenging problems. I began climbing in New Hampshire as a college student with the Dartmouth Outing Club, where I learned the ropes of sport climbing, trad and bouldering. Rumney was my first climbing home and I was inspired by the local culture of projecting hard sport climbs. Before moving to Arizona in 2015, I worked my way through classics like Flying Monkeys (5.12c), Predator (5.13b) and Urban Surfer (5.13d). More importantly, I found my passion and made lifelong friends who I continue to climb with around the world.
In May 2017 I finished my master’s degree in human geography at the University of Arizona where I studied climate justice and solar energy politics. While I continued climbing and traveling as a grad student, I gave most of my energy to research and teaching. As of summer 2017, I’m excited to be climbing full-time for the indefinite future. I’m still based in Tucson but frequently traveling to climb. Between trips home to Mt. Lemmon and Cochise Stronghold, in 2017 I’ll be climbing in Spain, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, California and Mexico.
A big part of my love for climbing comes from projecting routes that push me to overcome my own limits, to achieve what previously felt impossible. In my first 7 years of climbing, I’ve had some successes I’m proud of. With my full energy now focused on the sport, I’m starting to train seriously and set bigger goals, with hopes of taking my climbing to the next level.
Hardest 10 sport climbs
El Infierno De Dante 14a (El Salto, Mexico)
Urban Surfer 13d (Rumney, NH)
Doubt – first pitch 13b (Mt. Lemmon, AZ)
Elephant 13b (Tonsai, Thailand)
Predator 13b (Rumney, NH)
Roaring Silence 13b (Rumney, NH)
Thin Man 13b (Rumney, NH)
Beat Junkie 13b (Rumney, NH)
Tin Monkeys 13b (Rumney, NH)
Muscle Beach 13b (Rumney, NH)
El Sendero Luminoso 12d (El Potrero Chico, Mexico), team onsight
The Original Route 12a (Red Rock, NV)
I started climbing outside on real rocks and this has always been what anchors my love for the sport. But I do enjoy competing, and every once in a while it can be fun to get together with friends and duke it out on plastic. Since moving to Tucson two years ago, I’ve competed in the annual Locals-Only Bouldering and Sport Climbing competitions hosted by our great gym Rocks and Ropes. I tied for 1st in the 2016 sport competition and placed 3rd in 2017. Because the half-dozen super-strong Tucson boulderers were too busy developing double-digit problems in the mountains, I’ve placed in the top 4 at both local bouldering competitions. I can tell I have a lot to learn from competitions in both disciplines and I hope to do more competing as I move to full-time climbing in 2017!