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In the fall of that year I began roped climbing. Initially I didn't have a regular partner, but eventually I met more and more people and began finding my niche. While I dabbled in sport, I considered myself a trad climber.
My evolution as a climber brought me to a point where I was boulering more and more because I was pushing into trad grades that scared me. When we bailed on some old school route, we'd usually end up bouldering around at the base of the cliff. Eventually I was going out and bouldering for the sake of bouldering, no pad, no spotter, hillbilly mountaineer style.
Finally I got a pad or two and began bouldering pretty intensely, never really progressing past V5, but bouldering day after day after day until my elbow gave out.
During this bouldering phase I really got into sport climbing as well because I finally had the power and endurance to do some routes that had always been above my ability.
I went back to trad after tendonitis shut me down a couple of times and have pretty much stuck to it ever since.
I guided in the RRG from 1997 until 2005. I miss it, but having a family to take care of made me re-evaluate my life.
Now, as I approach middle age I really want to get into alpine climbing and move away from cragging. [2010 update: I'm back to cragging...I miss being tied in to a rope!]
In February 2008 I moved to Colorado from Kentucky to work for Jefferson County Planning and Zoning. I love this area and even though I don't do much technical climbing these days I am trying to get back into bouldering and roped climbing.
I try to bag as many peaks as possible and am just giddy with the gazillion square acres of new places to explore within a short distance of where I am now.
In 2010 I began taking my kids (7 and 3) climbing and they have been enjoying it. I look forward to their limbs and minds growing to the point where I can take them to climb my favorites and belay them on routes of their choosing.