Three years ago, I entered Yosemite Valley on a backpacking trip with friends, spotted El Capitan and knew that someday I wanted to climb The Nose. I by no means considered myself a climber. I had pulled on plastic and clipped a couple bolts but I had no experience with traditional climbing and no knowledge of aid climbing. All I had was a set of quickdraws, a harness and some motivation.

I came home from my trip, went online and impulsively bought a starter climbing rack. I added some hexes that were given to me from a friend and I was ready to trad climb. Climbing soon took hold of my life and I was out every weekend pursuing my passion.

I was climbing hard, having fun with friends, but I felt like something was missing. In 2010, I decided I wanted to climb walls. Enough single pitch cragging in Joshua Tree. I wanted to go big. I wanted to climb El Cap.


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