Meet Nolan. He enjoys jamming various body parts into cracks, prefers to eat vegetables instead of animals, and has the best crag dog around.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CLIMBING?
About 9 years.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU CLIMB?
Not often enough! (2-3 times a week).
HOW DID YOU LEARN?
Trial, error, and common sense in combination with a little bit of reading.
WHY DO YOU LOVE TO CLIMB?
It has so much more to offer than any other "sport." It's a great way to connect with the natural world and learn to know yourself in a unique way.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE CLIMBING PLANS?
Climb taller, harder chunks of granite.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO CLIMB?
The Sierra Nevada Range and Joshua Tree.
WHERE IS YOUR DREAM PLACE TO CLIMB?
The Cirque of the Unclimbables.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT AS A CLIMBER?
Freeing The Original Route of The Rainbow Wall in a day.
ANY SCARY MOMENTS?
Getting caught in bad weather, or encountering loose rock never looses its edge.
YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES:
"Nothing lasts but nothing is lost"
"If you're not livin on the edge, you're takin up too much room"
my 5 must-haves
ANASAZI VCSWell to start, it has that cool sun symbol on the top, but I should also mention that nothing hugs my foot the way this shoe does. They can edge on a dime, and jam cracks of any size while being comfy enough to wear all day.
STERLING NANO 70M PURPLE BIPATTERNThis is the only rope I climb on. At 53g/M, it's light enough that I'm happy to bring a 70M on any route for linking pitches, while carrying the weight of an average diameter 60M.
PATAGONIA R1 JACKETBreathes when I need it, insulates when I need it, and most importantly, looks good. I can go from the crag straight to a 5 star dinner. Did I mention it's incredibly comfy? It feels like I'm getting a hug from a teddy bear.
MAMMUT NEON GEAR 45LBuilt in rope tarp, just enough of a frame to make carrying a heavy load comfortable, and a detachable chalk pouch to keep your gear from getting antiqued. It's got awesome features that set the pack apart from others, while still being super simple and streamlined.
CAMP PHOTON WIREThe lightest full size carabiner, awesome action on the gate, and a nice angle keeps the wire catch from hooking on things when unclipping. It's also punny. It's so light they call it a Photon. Camp really won me over on this one.