27 January, 2019 Back to News/Events
For the last 23 years I have been climbing around the lower 48 and in Europe. I started climbing at of all things a bachelor party for a college friend, but the seed was planted and I’ve never looked back.After an accident in 2002 from a miscommunication with my belayer, I had to amputate my right leg, and learn to live my life again. I went back to climbing after all the rehab and found I loved it more now that I knew what I could lose, and wanted to see how far I could go as a “disabled” climber. I love all the different facets of climbing, bouldering, trad, sport, and big walls, and do them all throughout the year.
I am the first amputee to climb El Capitan in under a day, as well as the first to do the Nose in a Day. I like to think there is a lot to be done on the big stone yet so I’m psyched to keep exploring in the Valley. I compete on plastic as well, and am a 5 time Gold Medal winner in the Extremity Games, the X Games for disabled.
I live in CO. with my wife Cyndy and two kids Mayah and Will. We are trying to pass down the love of the mountains and climbing to them. I’ve been using Blue Water Ropes for as long as I can remember, they are a trusted and integral part in any climbing I do.