Few climbers have the distinction of defining our sport. Chris has pushed the limits of hard sport climbing (5.15c) and deep water soloing. Chris is that once in a lifetime combination of raw talent, with the motivation and vision to make a difference. We are elated that this GOAT has chosen to trust MAXIM Ropes.
Home town: Santa Cruz, CA
Current home: Barcelona
Favorite MAXIM rope: I’ve been really enjoying the 9.1, feels very durable while at the same time very lightweight.
“For me climbing is a life journey and a process of exploration of nature and our physical and mental limits and learning to continually push them.”
Tell us how and when you got into climbing?
I was born in a surfing household in Santa Cruz CA so in a way its a bit of a miracle I found climbing at such a young age (12 yrs old). Im so thankful for the local gym Pacific Edge for opening its doors and my eyes to climbing.
What do you think was the highlight of your climbing career (so far)?
So many memorable experiences and super meaningful routes and projects that its hard to say just one. But a few of them would be the first ascent of Biographie 5,15a in 2001, FA of Jumbo Love 5.15b, Es pontas , and La Dura Dura 5.15c
What are you doing when you are not climbing?
These days when I’m not climbing my life is quite busy juggling kids, family, and running our gym in Barcelona (Sharma Climbing BCN).
What is the soundtrack of your life (favorite song)?
I listen to a lot of different music but Bob Marley without a doubt has been the guiding musical force in my life.
What stokes you the most?
It’s really cool after 25 years climbing that I still get fired up by the same things; finding epic beautiful hard lines in spectacular locations and going after them!
If you could choose a super power, what would it be?
What was your favorite climbing adventure?
Going climbing in the tepuys of Venezuela and climbing on Angel falls definitly stands out.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a pro climber?
There are a lot of really interesting things to explore in life so its hard to say just one thing however I would still climb regardless if I was pro or not.
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