Art and adventure are inseparable parts of the human experience that help us define who we are. Many consider the performance of climbing as an art form in itself, so it only seems natural to bring a climbing artists to Ice Fest highlighting our new program Artist on Ice. Look for a gallery showing, morning coffee talk, live art, and other workshops!
2023 Artist on Ice
Before climbing, my life was devoted to alpine skiing and ski racing. I have skied since I was 2 years old. I began racing at the age of 12, and when I was 16 I moved from Michigan to Salt Lake City, UT to attend Rowmark Ski Racing Academy. After that, I was recruited to ski race for the College of Idaho. I still ski frequently and love exploring the mountains this way.
I was introduced to climbing through sport climbing, and it is my main pursuit. However, I have taken to many other styles; traditional climbing, bouldering, deep water soloing, ice and winter mixed climbing/dry tooling, and mountaineering and ski mountaineering.
The first time I ever climbed was in 1995 when I was 12 at an outdoor summer camp in Colorado. I remember touching the stone for the first time, being on the wall, and moving upwards. I didn’t understand what I was experiencing, but now, looking back through my memories, I can describe it. I wasn’t scared, I wanted each climb to go on forever. I never wanted to come down. It just felt so natural, and so liberating. From that first day until 2000, I went climbing only a handful of times. In the Spring of 2000, I began climbing slightly more with increasing frequency until the Spring of 2005, when I moved to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky to work at Miguel’s Pizza. From that point onward, climbing became an aspect of daily life, and my lifestyle.