Facing a Giant

By |April 27th, 2016|





Photos by Jon Glassberg/Louder than 11/#lt11

In any case, big vs small, strong vs weak, fast vs slow, the outcome is generally inevitable or even predictable: the favored stands the tallest, the impossible remains unreachable, and the Giant crushes the frail.  Pretty standard.

When something puts you into a vulnerable state, when it creates emotion, you can […]


By |September 10th, 2015|

Every year I find myself in the same place; ending the previous season, taking some time off to rock climb, and then back into training for the next year’s round (of competitions and winter climbing). It’s a cycle I’ve been following for a few years now­­-train, climb, compete, repeat. It’s been awesome and I’ve seen […]

Closure unto the next

By |May 29th, 2015|

As a climber, I create goals–some attainable, some maybe not. The attainable ones are fun, because we get to experience the heightened emotion of success. But then the “lofty goals”, well…that level of unknown can often break us down to our absolute.

“…and involved every emotion I can think of: awe, excitement, love, admiration, longing, apathy, […]

Trying to be…

By |May 1st, 2015|

I’ve taken some time off from writing on my blog. With life being so hectic, frankly…it just gets put on the back burner more often than not. And with hearing that blogs are dead, I was pretty unmotivated to write.  But, I feel like writing gives me a chance to express thoughts that are floating […]

From start ’til finish

By |September 11th, 2014|

2 months ago, at an outdoor show, I was talking to a friend about this past winter.  Out of nowhere I found myself opening up to him about the struggles I was entangled with regards to verbalizing my recent “season”.  From the intensity of it all, competitions, travel, the Olympics, all the ups and downs, […]

The Sochi Olympics

By |March 8th, 2014|


It’s hard to even begin this post, about the Sochi Olympics, because the entire experience has been such a whirlwind.  How do you even explain a surreal period of time? For so many months; the preparation, the planning, leading up to the 2014 Olympics, nothing can describe what it felt like…to walk through the entry […]

Between the lines

By |January 29th, 2014|

This morning i was surfin’ through Facebook and a particular photo caught my attention–it was of Will Mayo climbing the 2008 Ouray Ice Festival competition route (set by Jason Nelson).  I remember that moment well as it was one of the most inspirational moments (to me) in comp climbing that i had ever witnessed.  In […]

From one to the next, an 8,000’er, and the top 10

By |January 25th, 2014|

This year’s schedule for competitions is demanding to say the least.  The UIAA has shoe-horned 5 events into just over a month, then…the demonstration of ice climbing at the olympics, finishing off the last weekend of feb in Ufa, Russia, for the world championships.  It’s intense…from start to finish.  No time for real rest, just […]

First Round-Korea. Feel the excitement

By |January 14th, 2014|

6 months ago I started preparation for this season’s World Cup competition tour.  Who’d a thought it would have come so fast.  I’m in an airport right now, Amsterdam, en route to the second round.  July was when the plan took effect and now, I’ve just left Korea after the first round of competitions for […]

Stay the course

By |December 20th, 2013|

(Photo above by Rafal Andronowski)

When you come up with a plan of action, whether in your head or maybe on paper, seeing it, reading it, thinking about it is one thing…but doing it…now there’s where the future of your actions are decided.  Executing “the” game plan no matter the level of importance–from a to do […]