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Climbing - - PLAYERS -

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.

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