James is a dad, husband, climber, guide, hockey coach, and occasional skier, living in the Baraboo, WI area – he has a day job too, but that’s not important. James loves moving fast and light in the mountains, and he believes that with a little creativity and dedication, being a mountain athlete is possible for anyone, anywhere. He climbs because he loves to push himself mentally and physically, and he guides and coaches because he loves to push others to new heights. He’s inspired when people break through the boundaries they have set for themselves.
James has been climbing throughout the United States for twenty years, and while he’s got a few proud lines to his credit, he’s most proud of the small part he’s been able to play in the successes of others. He trains hard, climbs a lot, and considers himself a balanced all-around climber. James is a member of the Wisconsin Climbers’ Association, the American Alpine Club, the Access Fund, the American Mountain Guides Association, the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, and the Northwest Avalanche Center.
In 2017 James hopes to climb 5.13 sport, 5.12 trad, ski up and down Mount Rainier, do three laps of Cannon Cliff in a day, climb Clip a Dee Doo Dah (5.3) with his oldest son, and, as always, hopes to log more pitches and problems than last year.