There's a lot of different climbing styles on the way up. How did your background prepare you for this?
Since I started climbing in 2010, I’ve had a hard time committing myself to a single discipline. I tend to bounce around. Getting side tracked from my training goals with big walls, first ascents, boulder problems, and sport climbs. In a way, this has kept me from ever performing at a very high level in any of those disciplines.
From another perspective, all those little skills that I’ve learned along the way prepped me perfectly for Freerider. I’ve never encountered a route that requires so many skills. Slabbing, bouldering, down climbing, traversing, squeezing, offwidthing, enduro climbing, and more than any of those things, suffering. Freerider has it all.
One of my oldest climbing partners told me once “it doesn’t have to be fun to be fun”. That was the perfect motto for the FRIAD.