Who has impressed you the most this last year? Climber or Non-climber...A: I think the climbers that most impress me are the ones that look to push the climbing limits. Kevin Jorgeson, Lisa Rands, Dave Macleod, Sharma, Graham are examples of athletes that really show us that there is no limit to how high, how hard or where we can climb.
Describe a time when someone helped your climbing? A: Obviously my coach is a big part of what’s shaping my bouldering career. I think it was a group of people in 2008 when I was training at The Rock Oasis in Toronto that really made me want to excel in the sport. They were always offering help and advice and willing to work a problem or belay even though they barely knew me. It really embodied the way a small climbing community can come together and make a person feel welcome.
Is there anything you feel you've missed out on by living as a pro Flashed Athlete? A: I love being a Flashed athlete, but I think training all the time has really put a hold on my dreams of becoming a pro snooker player. I’m sure they have very classy after-parties… I’d really just want to be the guy that ends up with a lampshade on his head.
How do you deal with fans chasing you at all times? A: Tip #1: Always have an escape plan. After a long day of signing autographs, you have to be able to slip away. Tip #2: Get creative. While running away, think like the gazelle. Learn to zig-zag by studying Planet Earth videos to avoid those fans in pursuit.
Describe what you think climbing could do for the World if everyone climbed. A: I think getting people outdoors is important. Developing an appreciation (especially at a young age) for the environment is what’s going to save it in the future. If we go out and see the beauty of nature, we’ll be more motivated to protect it. “Children who don’t experience nature won’t grow up to cherish or protect it.” – Will Rogers, President, The Trust For Public Land.