WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN CLIMBING?
The environment. I’m in awe of the rock and the surrounding flora and fauna. I’m also inspired by how climbing makes me a better, stronger, more self-aware and disciplined person. I often struggle with fear and doubt while climbing, but when I go deep and commit, I’m able to transcend those debilitating emotions and achieve my goals.
HOW DID YOU BECOME A MUSICIAN?
I’ve been in bands most of my life, and paid the bills in college as a session singer. I took a break from music after college to teach. I met my bandmate, Derek Miller, during summer vacation after my first year as a Teach for America corps member. We started writing and recording regularly, and in 2009 I decided not to return to the classroom. I started waiting tables, and we began booking shows in Brooklyn. Not long after, we signed a record deal with Mom + Pop Records.
HOW DOES CLIMBING PROVIDE BALANCE?
Climbing is fundamental. It has built a foundation upon which my love for family, friends, nature, adventure, community, service, wellness, and achievement thrives. It’s an outlet for stress. It helps me clear my head when I’m feeling overwhelmed.