CHAD

Gear Coop Financial Analyst

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR EXPERIENCES AS A BIG WALL CLIMBER:

I have worked at the co-op on and off for 4 years a a financial analyst, but am transitioning to medicine as I write this. I have a beautiful and supporting wife of 2.5 years and 4 year old golden retriever named Chief. In the winters I love to ski (even more than climbing), my first passion since childhood.

I attempted my first wall in 2010 with 2 guys I met in camp 4, one from Germany (Oliver) and the other from Columbia (Santiago), we made it half up Washington Column's south face and bailed. We thought we were so cool but really had no idea what we were doing.

I try and do at least one wall a year, sometimes 2.-it usually takes a few months for me to forget how much work it is and convince yourself to do another one.

Bigwall climbing is a slow progression-I learned by starting to trad climb my first day of climbing-I didn't start sport climbing until 2 years ago and really don't boulder much at all. I was lucky enough when I moved to CA that I found an older gentlemen with more experience to take me under his wing (shoutout to Clay!), he was my only climbing partner for 2 years and really showed me the proper way to climb multipitch in the mountains. From there I just read alot on the internet, instructional manuals, and went to Yosemite to meet people.

The best thing about climbing a wall is chilling on the portaledge and having a beer after a long day, watching the sun-set. I also really enjoy the relationship that develops between you and your partner. You share so many amazing highs and some terrible lows together, it really lets you get to know a person on a deep level and appreciate them that much more.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS WITH CLIMBING?

I want to get back to El cap. I bailed last year and have a vendetta climb that has been gnawing at me ever since.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO CLIMB?

The Mecca, AKA the Valley.

WHERE IS YOUR DREAM PLACE TO CLIMB?

My dreams are local, so also Yosemite.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT AS A BIG WALL CLIMBER?

Finishing a climb that you have bailed off of previously, knowing you dug deep and got it done. Also just did The Regular Route on Half dome with a co-worker-it was rad but the most tiring climb of my life.

ANY SCARY MOMENTS?

1.) Taking a 45 footer and ripping 3 or 4 offset brassies in a row in Zion. 2.) Almost getting killed by rockfall (I hope my wife doesn't read this).

my 5 must-haves

  • PATAGONIA R1 HOODY

    Most versatile piece of clothing I've ever owned, use for all types of climbing and skiing. Still kicking strong after 100's of pitches.
  • ANY HELMET

    Need protection from rockfall, and people dropping stuff above you.
  • TOTEM CAMS

    The original OG totems, these things take C2+ or C3 and turn it into a C1 cruze. We backclean them so much because we don't want to give them up during a pitch.
  • ALIENS/OFFSET ALIENS

    These little guys stick to granite like white on rice, tried and true design by Colorado Custom Hardwear now perfected by Fixe and the totem basics.
  • DARN TOUGH SOCKS

    I am sucker for a long lasting sock, which these hold up like nothing else. The only reason I have to retire them is because my dog chews a hole in them.

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