Mountain Project Logo

Member Since
Jan 1, 2002
Last Visit: May 16, 2019
167 Points
Point Rank: #4,546 Details

More Info
I started climbing in 1971 in the Southeast/North Carolina. After going to school at Western Carolina and living in Cashiers, I moved around every couple of years to different climbing areas. North Conway/New Hampshire, SLC/Utah, Boulder/Colorado, Southern California, and finally setting down roots in Colorado in 1987. I have lived here since then and can't believe how much fun I have had and how fast the past 20+ years have gone by. What a great place to live if your a climber.

I've been climbing for 45+ years now total and still love climbing as much today as I did when I first started. I really enjoy all types of climbing. I enjoy trad as well as sport, and I have done & I am relatively proficient in all forms of climbing from cragging to big wall climbing, as well as waterfall ice and alpine climbing. In those 45 yrs I have been fortunate enough to be able to climb all over the US and many places internationally.

I have climbed up to 5.13 back in the 80's when it was at the top of the grades, but now climbing into into my 60's, I don't seem to be able to pull down nearly as hard as I use to. Maybe I have reached the stage in life where it is better to focus on the joy of climbing instead of athletic performance. At least that's what I tell myself when I get smacked down on routes I used to be able to do without too much effort.

I do still have the passion to try & climb hard and can "on sight" climbs up to about 5.12- on a good day, when I'm feeling very fresh and saucy, the rock is crisp, I have good beta, the moves are obvious and not very strenuous, and gravity index for the day is very low. Or the climb is very soft for the grade. LOL \;o)

I really enjoy meeting & getting out with motivated people who share the same passion I have for climbing & adventure. Those people help motivate me to continue to climb as much & as hard as I can. It is a joy to get out & climb with people that are doing some of the climbs I did years ago for their first time. I guess I find it a way of vicariously re living many of my past experiences. It has been interesting to live long enough now, to be able to watch climbing evolve and I am impressed and amazed by the achievements and abilities of the previous and the new generation of climbers.

Comments View All 126

May 13, 2019
Chris, Why did you break the pin!!! View Comment
Nov 24, 2018
I dunno, Looks like his foot is on the bolt. \;0) View Comment
Apr 26, 2017
That sounds right. We used the tree limb as the only pro to get into the bowl about 80 feet up and belayed… View Comment
Nov 28, 2016
Thought this route was just stellar!! Amazing desert face climbing!! View Comment
Oct 31, 2016
Awesome route! Lots of varied climbing from bottom to top. Kudos to Jay Smith's prolific efforts with… View Comment
Oct 12, 2016
Walked by this route today and it brought back memories of doing the first ascent of the first pitch of th… View Comment

Forum Messages View All 3

General > Injuries and Accidents
Reply: Climber falls in Eldorado Canyon
Aug 13, 2014 Just heard about this tragedy and saw these posts. Along with many others who's lives you have touched I am pulling for you Wayne !! View Message
Gear > Lost and Found
Climbing gear found at base of Green Spur today. Saturday…
Apr 19, 2014 Climbing gear found at base of Green Spur today. Saturday 4/19. Describe for return. View Message
Regional > Nevada
lost Nikon Camera descending from Jet Stream wall thru Pi…
Mar 22, 2009 I lost my Camera climbing Drifting on the Jet Stream Wall on 3/20. Its a nikon digital camera in a black case. You can contact me via email from this web site. Thanks!! View Message