Jack Fieldhouse

Climbing has been an infatuation for me ever since I climbed my first route at age 15. I was lucky enough to be raised in Squamish, B.C., which has been named "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and is home to some of Canada's best climbing. I enjoy many different types of climbing (sport, trad. and bouldering), but get my biggest kicks from finding, scrubbing and establishing new problems and routes. Squamish has a rainforest climate so the unclimbed granite is often completely enshrouded in a curtain of moss, which makes new-routing labour-intensive and exciting; you never know what you're going to get and that's part of the appeal to me. It's like being given a gift - shaking it to see if it's what you were hoping for and then getting to unwrap it and play, over and over again. If you haven't climbed in Squamish you should make a trip up here, it's an amazing place.

I am 34 years old and I'm a father of two, a husband, a Grade 1 teacher, and a coach. It's a quite a balancing act at times but I'm very happy with the life I've chosen. I fit climbing into my busy schedule whenever possible. I like to give back to the sport, and try to help out as much as I can with climbers' access initiatives; I love helping with trail building/maintenance and other positive activities that allow me to get my hands dirty.

I feel very lucky that my wife, Shannon, is also a teacher and climber. It's great to be able to share our holiday time together on climbing trips and other adventures. Bringing the kids along adds a fun element to our travels. We have our summers off, and during this time we enjoy showing others around our climbing playground. It's great to hang with our friends who come back to climb each summer when the temps get too high down south. We love the opportunity it gives us to meet up and climb with friends we've made from all over. I also feel very lucky to have a great group of friends, locally, who share our love of climbing and our enthusiasm for outdoors. Together, we're all adapting to and learning the tricks of climbing with our families. It's a fun time in our lives.

My other interests include whitewater kayaking, skateboarding, AT skiing, and mountain biking. I also really enjoy helping out with tweaking designs and product testing for companies in the outdoor industry and would like to thank the following companies for all the support they've given me over the years: Flashed crash pads, Five Ten shoes, Blurr clothing.