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Interview with The Circuit

 

 

I'm kind of obsessed with rock climbing. The Circuit, now basically my second home, is one of the largest bouldering gyms in the world. Bouldering is a style of climbing where you use crash pads instead of ropes, you also don't climb very high: 10-20 feet usually.

Anyway, The Circuit is profiling some of their climbers and my interview is first up, so I thought I'd share it with you all.

Here's a preview--you can find the whole interview at the link below.

How long have you been climbing?
I’ve climbed for about 3 years, but only seriously for about half of that.

What originally inspired you to start?
I started just recreationally climbing with friends at a gym in Eugene. Just about the time I started to get really obsessed, my left lung spontaneously collapsed (unrelated to climbing) and I had open chest surgery in February 2010. They cut my left lat completely in half to get through my ribs and open me up, so the docs weren’t too optimistic about my climbing prospects. They said that at best, I’d be able to do moderate exercise after a year or more. So I had surgery. After 6 weeks of post-op recover and literally hundreds of hours of climbing videos (seriously, thanks Sharma), I started legit training on the wall 6 weeks and one day after surgery, as per my medical release. So without a doubt, that experience has permanently embedded climbing in my DNA and I’m only even more obsessed a couple of years later.

Do you have any words of wisdom for others trying to recover from injury or long layoffs?
Don’t try to impress the... [keep reading here]

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