Nick, Head Climbing Coach, Years Climbing: 3

I climb because at this point in my life, it would feel wrong not to.

I started climbing in college when a roommate introduced me to bouldering. It’s been about 3 years and I’ve climbed almost every day since I got my first gym membership.

Bouldering is by far my favorite kind of climbing. I love that it’s just you and the wall so you’re completely in control of the outcome. It’s meditative. I’m open to any type of climbing, as I think all great climbers should be, but so far bouldering has been my jam.

My favorite problem that I’ve ever worked is the V7 Caveman traverse in Joshua Tree. It features a lot of compression, corework and toe hooks. Though I still haven’t sent it, I pieced together both halves the first time we met and I’ve been dying to get back to it ever since. Working the movement on that problem has easily been my most memorable afternoon spent touching a rock.

I’m a big fan of crimps, though it hasn’t always been that way. When you train like I do, you can hold your own body weight on the smallest of ledges. Having that kind of power makes those little holds a lot of fun...I’m a technique guy, so learning how to utilize my entire body is a never ending journey. I love a good dyno, but patiently stemming across a slab wall is where I do some of my best bouldering. I prefer toe hooks to heel hooks, but a proper execution of either one feels super rewarding.

I want to be the strongest climber in the world of bouldering. I want to compete in the World Cup and in 2020 be one of the very first Olympic climbers.

Strategy and commitment are my best attributes on the wall. A lot of people can climb high grades, but not every hard climber will be a smart climber too...The best climbers in the world don’t know if they’ll catch the dyno, but they go for it anyway. To me, that commitment is what separates the elite from the recreational climbers.