Hometown: Killeen, Texas
Hobbies: Chess, Breakdancing
Music: Almost everything
Vacation: Anywhere I travel to for climbing, chess, or dancing. My favorite climbing destinations so far are The Red River Gorge, KY and Bishop, CA.
Movie: Spirited Away
Book: Chess Books
Quote: “To give the maximum effort at the precise moment it is needed. This is power.” – Fred Nicole
Climbing since: I first went climbing when I was 15 years old while on a chess cruise to Alaska, one of the “not chess day” options was the climbing wall.
Hometown: Lake City, MN
Hobby: Climbing, boating, fishing
Music: Bluegrass, rock, things that make you move!
Vacation: Nepal, anywhere, overseas
Quote: If it isn’t hard, it probably isn’t worth doing.
Book: On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Climbing since: 1994
Hometown: Navy Brat – I’ve spent most of my life in Southern California, Japan, Maryland, and Colorado.
Hobbies: Reading best-of-craiglist, running, exploring, getting to know people, beer, cruising on bikes, and “tiny living,” which is basically tidying up the minivan.
Music: Electronic and folk mainly. Is NPR music?
Vacation: Sport climbing in Spain for a season.
Quote: “There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.” – Jeannete Winterson
Book: 9 out of 10 Climbers Make the Same Mistake by Dave Macleoud, non-climbing book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.
Climbing since: 2008
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Hobbies: Slacklining, Biking, Beach Volleyball
Music: Wu-Tang Clan, Pretty Lights, Pink Floyd to name a few. I like almost anything besides Country.
Vacation: I love to travel, whether its to climb or just to see the sights and experience new cultures. My dream vacation would probably last a year and involve a lot of different places, people and rock.
Movie: Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, Lost in Translation, Apocalypse Now and Kill Bill are my top 5.
Book: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Quote: “Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Climbing since: 2007
Hometown: Auckland or Christchurch NZ
Hobbies: Baking and decorating cakes (see helensinclair.com/beta-cakes.html)
Music: Supports NZ music; Kora, Lord, Fat Freddys Drop
Vacation: Opito Bay in Coromandel NZ, family, sun, sand and surfing.
Movie: Valley Uprising
Book: Currently Alex and I are crazy about the Gimme Kraft book …..
Quote: “There’s no such thing as I can’t reach” or/and “Its not about having the ‘balls’ to do it, it’s about not having them!”
Climbing since: briefly in 1996-break-2004
Hometown: Rhode Island
Hobbies: Looking for boulders
Music: Old school rap, punk
Vacation: Squamish BC
Movie: Mind Gym
Quote: “You can fail at something you don’t want, so may as well take the chance on doing what you love” and “You need to want to succeed as bad as you want to breath”
Climbing since: I was 5 years old
Hobby: Climbing of course! And photography
Music: Anything but Country
Vacation: Pretty much psyched to go anywhere, as long as it’s out of the Bubble
Quote: “Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.” Mark Twain
Movie: Despicable Me, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Wall-E, School of Rock
Book: “the Milagro Beanfield War”
Climbing since: Elementary School!
Hometown: Minneapolis, Colorado Springs
Hobbies: Bouldering, eating, reading, drinking chai
Music: Too many to list
Vacation: As in favorite? Well, my family’s from Jamaica, so going back there is always best. Any warm ocean is second best!
Movie: Period piece or Sci-fi. Or Jackie Chan.
Book: How about author? Jane Austen, Neal Stephenson, Anne Perry…
Quote: I don’t ever remember quotes.
Climbing since: 1996 (except for a year of nonstop whitewater kayaking)