What is your favorite part about working at Climb Iowa?
Explaining and demonstrating why indoor top-rope climbing is a perfect route to lifetime fitness and health for Boomers. Seeing women and men over 50, 60 and 70 rediscover exhilaration and joy out on the edge of their comfort zone is fun, and then watching them gain strength and progress in their climbing skills is very rewarding.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Just try; it doesn’t matter if you fail in front of your boyfriend or climbing partners. Just give it a shot, and then eventually you won’t be the rubbish one anymore, you’ll be the good one.” – Hazel Findlay
If you could live anywhere you want, where would it be?
I’ve traveled to many places around the world and never found a better place to live than Des Moines. I enjoyed visiting other cities, states and countries, but Iowa is a great place to live.
What started you into climbing?
At age 63 I walked into an REI flagship store with my granddaughters (ages 5 & 7). We looked up at the 50+ foot Pinnacle with climbers on every side, and I looked down at them and said “I’ll do it if you’ll do it”. That was a huge mistake; they immediately took me up on it. I spent the next hour trying to figure a graceful way out and eventually had to climb.
Do you have any pets?
We’ve had a cat and two dogs and loved them. Losing the last one was so hard that we’re waiting a while before getting another dog.
What is your favorite kind of pizza?
Papa Murphy’s thin crust (low carbs = better climbing) Mediterranean Chicken.
What other activities do you enjoy?
Golf, investing, reading and researching for the occasional I.T. Network consulting gig.
What is the coolest thing you have done?
I can describe several: (1) Scuba diving nearly 200 feet down in Blue Spring, Missouri, looking up and seeing twigs and leaves floating on the surface. Blue Spring flows at a rate of 90 million gallons per day. (2) Hillclimbing in a number of semi-pro hillclimbs with my Triumph 500 during college. (3) My first outdoor trad climbing experience with a senior guide from the Colorado Mountain School at Eldorado Canyon at nearly 70 years old. It was epic; I’ll never forget it.
Who is your favorite rock climber?
Claire Johannesen. I swear she must have hidden a secret anti-gravity belt in her harness; she makes insanely difficult moves & routes look effortless. I try to teach precise footwork and graceful climbing to Boomers largely because of her example.Back to Our Team