brings you to the Front Range Mark?
I have lived in Colorado my whole life. I love it here. I can't imagine
living anywhere else.
FRB: How did you get into climbing Mark?
Mark: I saw the X-Games on TV
and then I went to the Golden Recreation Center.
I've been avid ever since.
FRB: How long have you been climbing Mark?
Mark: About 6 or 7 years.
FRB: Who do you boulder with usually?
Mark: Wade, Brian Kimball and
all the cool people at Paradise
FRB: How often do you climb?
Mark: I usually go climbing
about 3 to 4 times a week.
FRB: Why bouldering instead of trad or sport or mixed?
Mark: I like bouldering more
because you can get more good trys on hard problems in a day than on
FRB: Where are some of your favorite places
Mark: I'm really into the Poudre,
Clear Creek, Independence Pass.
FRB: What hard problems have you sent lately?
Mark: Rhino V10. It's up Clear
FRB: Do you have any projects right now?
Mark: Black Ice (ahhhhh!), CanOpener,
F*** You Finger, Sharma Lounge,Vengeance Rising V-Hard !!, Moon Arete
& everything at RMNP and Chaos Canyon.
FRB: Do you have any favorite problems or
ones that you
thought were incredible?
Mark: Ode To Failure and a Sloper
Rail at Morrison South?
FRB: Do you ever compete?
Mark: When ever I get a chance.
I love to compete.
FRB: What competitions have you won?
Mark: lot of DCL's
and some JCCA/USCCA's and got 2nd at that ABS3 qualifier at The
FRB: What makes for a good competition route
in your opinion?
Mark: Consistent, cool moves;
doable but hard.
FRB: What's it like developing as a boulderer
in the Front
Mark: Getting to climb with
a lot of strong climbers and having a bunch of really good areas and
boulders to go to all year long.
FRB: What are some things you don't like about
the Front Range
Mark: A bunch of talking smack.
FRB: Who are you sponsored by?
Mark: FRB.com, Bison and hopefully
La Sportiva soon.
FRB: What else do you do besides climb?
Mark: Photography and slack-lining
and chase women?
FRB: What climbing periodical do you read?
Mark: The FRB
FRB: Favorite bouldering websites?
Mark: FRB.com, 8a.nu,
FRB: Thanks for the interview Mark.
Mark: No problem. Thanks to Mark
and Brian at Paradise Rock Gym.