I have been at this climbing thing since 2008. Not long in the grand scheme of the mountains but long enough that I have learned a thing or two. As I do with everything in my life, once I stumbled upon climbing, I initiated a full immersion mission. This mission first began solely for my own gain but rapidly grew into my psyche to share the incredible experiences that climbing can bring with others. I found this sport while deep into a spiritual unfolding… every feeling it provoked, every grain of awareness it awoke became the touchstone for me to understand… ME… and quickly became the fuel for something greater that continues to unfold before me.
I began climbing in the gym as most modern day climbers do. That first belay class at PRG had me hooked and you could find me there 4 to 5 days a week, happily pulling plastic but with a deep desire to get outside, get high and test my limits. Shortly after I began climbing I moved back to my hometown of Los Angeles and contacted Rockreation, the local and at that time only climbing gym in Los Angeles. My thought was to get a job at a climbing gym so I could meet some people to climb with, and continue to immerse myself in my new found passion. Lucky for me I landed a desk job, not more than nine months into climbing and found the LA climbing community. Still new to it all, I volunteered for all sorts of work in the gym, offered to be a belay slave for those I knew I could learn from and begged my new found climbing buddies to take me outside. After a while with as much climbing as I could squeeze in to a full-time working, single parent lifestyle, I began to feel like I could take care of myself out there in the wild. Not only had my outdoor skills began to take form but my work in the climbing wall industry had begun to as well. As far as I could tell at this point… I was living the dream. All day long I was living climbing.
I am currently the head routesetter at both Rockreation LA and Costa Mesa. I do a bazillion different things in the company. I am routesetting 3-4 days a week, coaching our youth team, working desk, running comps, holding women’s clinics and generally visioning and creating ways for our business to grow as a positive contributor to the community. I believe whole heartedly in the experience we offer in the gym and how powerful someone’s first introduction to the sport can be. I consider ALL of these hats I wear to be an integral part of who I am as a climber and as a member of the community.
I am an absolutely committed weekend warrior… or I should say every other weekend warrior… that’s joint custody. And I am going to give myself props for where I am at considering I don’t get weeks off at a time to climb nor did I start coiling ropes as a kid. When I am out there I am focused and driven. I make it fucking count. I want challenge and I want to push my limits because I like to see what I am made of. And I love experiencing myself through that process. It’s totally process based for me… Learning to be present in the face of your fears. Finding peace with what is and the choices you make. Making each move be an expression of commitment to moment.
I currently offer services both indoors and outdoors. Please contact me if you are interested in working with me.