I like just about anything outside, and my preferred activity is “5.fun” rambly-scrambly alpine climbing that takes me to the top of a beautiful place. In the summer I mostly multipitch sport and trad climb, and in the winter I mostly backcountry ski and ice climb.I also like building stuff!
I’ve spent alot of my time organizing trips and introducing people to the world of outdoor adventure sports: I get stoked on people getting stoked. I am always on the hunt for gear that is high quality, multi purpose, and affordable.The best gear is the gear you use time and time again, it’s like an old friend.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Saskatchewan, one of the flattest places on earth! That probably explains my obsession with mountain climbing…
Q: Where do you live?
A: Calgary, Alberta. It’s an awesome city, and the Ghost, Kananaskis, and the Bow Valley are within reasonable driving distance.
Q: Where is your favourite place to climb?
A: For sport climbing: Skaha, BC. For Trad Climbing: The Bugaboos. For Alpine Climbing: 93N/Jasper, Alberta.
Q: Day Job?
A: A normal type office job, so I’m the definition of a weekend warrior.
Q: When did you first start climbing/skiing/etc?
A: I got seriously into rock climbing in 2008, and ice climbing in 2013. I’ve been snowboarding since I was a wee lad, and backcountry skiing since 2009.
Q: Top 3 Favourite pieces of clothing?
A: My super old, beatup MEC Slipstream hoodie, the Prana Zion pants, and the Arc’teryx Venta MX Jacket. Some variation of those get worn on 99% of my trips.
Q: Top 3 Favourite Pieces of Climbing Gear?
A: Cassin X-Dream ice tool, DMM offset nuts, Sterling Hollow Block Hitch Sling
Q: Top 3 Tips?
- Never underestimate a grade if the route was established in the 70’s.
- Always Embrace Positivity and find the “Bright Side” of misery: Being cold, lost and wet may be unpleasant, but at least it isn’t boring!
- A tiny tarp, a headlamp, and an extra granola bar are worth their weight in gold!