When did you start climbing and what got you interested?
I started climbing in 2005. The first few months were mostly just the enjoyment of a new, dynamic workout. That focus shifted after going outside for the first time. Having been lucky enough to be raised in the outdoors, climbing felt like a continuation of my outdoor education. It took me places that I had already known and let me see them through a new lens. I couldn’t be more grateful for finding climbing.
How long have you been setting and what level setter are you?
I started setting in 2009 out of a necessity at my home gym at the time. No one was setting new routes and I took it upon myself to put some new things on the walls. It has kept my attention ever since. This continued focus on routesetting has gotten me on a couple national championship setting crews and a USAC Level 4 certification.
What is your favorite place that you have ever climbed and why?
The Obed always has a special place in my heart. It has formed all my views on climbing and is everything I could ever want. BUT, Fontainbleau has to be the best bouldering in the world, so Imma go with that.
What advice would you give to a new climber that is just starting out?
Being a good climber is better than being a strong climber.
What is your favorite Area/Feature at your gym to set?
The slab. Or the barrel.
Where do you find your inspiration to set new problems/routes?
From all over, when you’ve been setting for so long, you have to draw from anywhere you can. Most of it is spontaneous, though. Lots of “what would happen if we moved this hold here.” Outdoor climbing is the biggest influence. I actively avoid anything that is popular on Instagram.
What is your favorite crag snack?
What is your current project?
Developing the best new bouldering in Tennessee.
If you could eliminate one bad habit that you see climbers do in the gym what would it be?
Not getting back on hard climbs after sending. Practice makes perfect. Don’t try it until you do send it, send it until you couldn’t imagine falling.