I grew up in Bloomington, Illinois. When I was 16, a friend and I decided to go to the local climbing gym to rid our summer boredom. Like many others, things clicked and I was obsessed. Now, my goal is to climb as much as possible in as many places as possible. I enjoy traveling to new climbing areas and meeting new people because it gives me an opportunity to experience things that most people do not have a chance to experience. One of my favorite things about climbing is the continuous challenge it presents. There is always something to improve upon and that adds a special element to our sport that other activities sometimes fail to offer.