Finding Adventure Every Day
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I’m a professional climber and BASE jumper, so basically, I climb up mountains and jump off them. My sport require extreme physical and mental focus, so I train daily in the weight room, on the rock and in the sky. My top goal is sustainability: to continuously train and perform at a high level and stay healthy and injury free.
When I first started climbing in 1991, climbers didn’t know much about training and nutrition. Back then, while climbing in the mountains, I saw how important clean, efficient fuel is for the tiny stoves we use to melt snow for water and food. This helped give me perspective on the fuel I put in my body. Pure, uncontaminated fuel makes a stove burn clean and hot, and dirty fuel produces weak flames and clogs the stove with deposits. I realized the exact same thing happens to our bodies, depending on what we put into them. I focus on what I’m using to fuel and fortify my body, with the perspective that health is maintained from the inside out.
Over the years I’ve seen many climbing and flying friends get sidelined or set back due to injury or sickness—in some cases going from the top in their field to not being able to climb or jump at all. My top goal is never about one single climb or achievement—it’s about sustainability, staying consistently healthy and strong so I can continue to do the sports I love at a high level.
Above all, climbing has taught me to value simplicity and to look at the heart of things. This has shaped my approach to life: avoiding excess and maintaining a balance between work and lifestyle. Living a happy, healthy life is my number one priority. I eat a simple, whole foods diet, and make most of my food from fresh ingredients. I avoid processed foods, bleached grains and sugar, and make sure to eat fermented foods. Sleep is a major priority also: I strive to get at least eight hours a night, and more after a big training day.
I think wellness is a pretty simple recipe, though the modern world can make it feel complicated. Whatever we put into our bodies directly affects how we feel and how we perform. We need to choose that fuel carefully. Humans need adventure: we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zone from time to time, and to try things we’re not quite sure we can do. We need to get outside, breathe fresh air and engage with the world physically. These are all small decisions that we can choose to do every day to build a healthy life!