Who are you and why are you in Nashville?
I am a Nashville native and I plan on being here for a long time with my wife and two kiddos. I have always had a passion for the outdoors, which lead me to a career in the outdoor industry. Before working for Climb Nashville, I gained experience in the outdoor industry at Cumberland Transit, River Sports Outfitters, and Sun and Ski Sports. I began working as Desk Staff at Climb Nashville after moving back from Colorado in 2011. Since then, I have worked under many job titles at Climb Nashville with the exception of fitness, yoga, and route setting. Now I am over six years in at CN and working as the General Manager, I could not be happier.
Why do you climb or how has climbing changed your life?
I began climbing in 1999. It’s actually a long story but I will try to make it short. We had a youth group of all guys who met at our pastor’s house every Monday of the month during high school. Once a month, there was the exception of meeting at another church member’s house and he would lead us in the development of outdoor skills. This lead up to my first climbing experience at Stone Door with none other than Jamie Dial. Since then I have sport climbed, have been dedicated to bouldering, and have now moved on to bigger walls and route development in the Big South Fork and beyond. Yes, I have left most of the pebble wrestling and now prefer the bigger walls. Climbing has definitely changed my life. I wouldnt know my wife or some of my greatest friends without climbing. Oh yeah, the campfire stories/lies have become much better as well
Do you have a favorite route?
Two of my favorite routes in the Big South Fork are Suicide Direct and Deliverance Corner. Suicide Direct is on the O&W Wall in the main gorge and follows a roof crack from the top of the second pitch of Suicide Blonde. Deliverance Corner is not actually in the BSF, so all I can tell you is that it is off of a gravel road near Oneida, TN. Out of state, one of my favorite routes is Yellow Spur in Eldorado Canyon. I had the pleasure of climbing this with Jamie Dial a few years ago.
Whats rad about your life right now, on or off the wall?
Above all, I am married to a wonderful lady and we are raising two young boys together. Other than that, I am enjoying the outdoors as much as I can with climbing, backpacking, kayaking, caving, fishing, hunting, and photography.
Any shoutouts, current projects (climbing or non), or anything else that you want to share with the community?
Jeff Noffsinger and I are currently developing a 200+ ft tall wall off of a gravel road in the Big South Fork. It is called the Miur Shadow on Victory Wall. The route follows gear placements and a couple of bolts on the first pitch which wonders up to a ledge with a tree. The next pitch is all bolted face climb and it is very difficult. The third pitch will follow an overhanging flaring dihedral crack to the summit or you will also be able to follow a bolted pitch variation to the left. There are a few other routes I am involved in but this one takes priority for the upcoming season.