Jon goofing around after a 20 mile uphill ride in the snow at 12,000 feet no less.
1) Please state your name:
2) Do you have any nicknames?
3) Current living location and why?
I live in Buena Vista, CO. Why? I am a teacher of science at an alternative high school. BV is a great location for climbing, mountaineering, rafting, kayaking, mtn biking, and only 2 hours from the hospital that keeps me alive.
Jon kicking it old school.
4) When did you start rock climbing?
I started climbing in 1985-86. Was forced to take up a new activity due to a mysterious lung disease that took advantage of my life. Thanks to my brother, Todd, climbing became a forefront activity of my life ever since.
5) Most memorable climb?
Most memorable climb, wow..., that's a tough one, I'd have to say there are two.
First was 1991 on Salathe Wall in Yosemite when we got stuck in a rain storm 22 pitches up for 3 days. We couldn't rappel off due to the lightening and we were soaked through and through for 72 hrs. But we hung tough and waited things out.
The other most memorable climb is "Arizona Highways". A route I was fortunate to help complete the first ascent of on the Royal Tower in Alaska. Not only did we put up a new first free ascent we actually completed the first ever ascent of this tower. A great experience of using all the climbing "tricks in the book" over a 38hr window of effort and 32 pitches of rock, ice, snow climbing.
Climbing in Alaska
6) Most memorable fall?
35 footer while leading an A4 pitch on sketchy pins and copper heads. Or coming off King Cat at Indian Creek just before the anchors falling long enough to have time to look at my belayer wondering if they would actually catch the fall or would I stack up on the ground.
7) Fav Food?
Sushi. Anything spicy. Stupidly strong coffee.
8) Fav color?
Electric midnight blue
9) What do people need to know about you?
I am an advocate for living life to the fullest. Good health and adventure is the key to life. I believe in honest hard work and never taking advantage of others. I think people should always do their part to care for themselves, care for others, and build a sense of community. I'm strong willed and competitive with myself to extreme levels.
Jon biking the Poison Spider Trail in Moab, Utah.
10) Any big trips coming up?
Big trips?...2012 will see a renewed sense of full adventures. Ride the kokopeli trail by mtn bike, ride my bike to Yosemite then go climbing half dome and el cap, then finish this year off with a life long dream journey to the himalayas to climb Ama Dablam. All these adventures will be used to raise awareness for children with lung disease issues and awareness for the lung disease I struggle with.
11) What is your dream climbing trip?
To live in a Chevy astro van again, traveling with the seasons, climbing for an entire summer in Yosemite & the high sierras, head back to the Alaskan back country for more ascents of remote peaks, and spend time climbing alongside long time friends around the world. To bring my brother with me since my passion for climbing is all his fault.
Jon relaxing on an El Capitan spire.
12) Someone once told me people climb to face their fear of falling and fear of heights, is this why you climb? If not, why do you climb?
Why do I climb?... Great question. Because in 1987 doctors told me I had 6 months to live. That was 25yrs ago now. I climb, travel, adventure, etc. to enjoy all that life has to offer. To live life to its fullest. My fear of falling is not of falling from climbing but of not experiencing a fulfilling life of family, community, friends, and adventure.
13) Is there a certain approach you take to climbing given your lung condition?
Given my lung conditions, which will only continue to deteriorate, I must approach climbing in a methodical and paced approach. I train in a steady progression, which allows my body to recover from hard efforts of climbing. Over the last 25yrs of living with lung tissue decay I have been fortunate to learn from this disease how to listen to my body and what levels of effort I can strive for.
Lung disease is not holding Jon back!
14) What is your favorite Gramicci item to date?
All that Gramicci is. Here is a list of Gramicci clothes I have a love affair with:
Riley's farm hoodie
Wheeler endurance tee
Rocking sport shorts
Hemp organic summit crew basically live in the thing every day
Red rock shirt