Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, transplanted to Albuquerque, NM in 2016, and now heading to DC!
What is your climbing story?
I was introduced to climbing as cross training for pole vaulting during my first semester of college. I retired from track and field during the second semester and took up climbing full time. Later that year I began belaying and setting at the climbing wall at my college. I decided I wanted to make climbing into a career after my first trip outdoors to the Gunks; I found my way through route setting, coaching, and personal training.
Favorite outdoor climbing area?
Hueco Tanks for bouldering. New River Gorge for sport climbing.
What year did you start climbing/route setting?
I started climbing in 2007 and started route setting in 2009.
How will climbers recognize a problem designed by you? Is there a style?
I think my climbs have more of a distinctive feeling than a look. Of course aesthetics is important to some extent, but for me it is all about making the climber slow down and use their brain. My setting style tends to be focused on the technical aspects of climbing; footwork, body positioning, sequencing, and very skill oriented.
How do you create challenges for a wide range of experience, ability levels, and age?
Diversity is paramount in route setting; varying wall angles, extensive hold types, and a setting team that creates climbs that highlight different strengths, skills and styles. The goal is to test climbers physically, technically, and mentally. It is important for the setters to acknowledge their specified audience and try to empathize with them; whether the climber is 7 years old, 70 years old, or somewhere in between. Every person who walks through the doors of BKB Eckington will be provided the full climbing experience; climbs for warming up, climbs for training, climbs they can project, and climbs that seemingly defy the laws of physics.
Favorite climbing hold?
What’s your best piece of advice for a new DC climber looking to start their rock climbing experience with us?
Don’t be afraid to fail. Every climber I know has fallen…a lot. The hardest part is pulling off the ground the first time. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote.
Outside of climbing, what are your passions?
I love hanging out and getting into nature with my partner, our two kiddos, and our dog. Besides that, I spend a lot of time barefoot in our vegetable garden and I know a lot about birds.