Growing up in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains, adventure and athletics were always at the foreground of Jesse's life. While attending the University of Washington, he was introduced to climbing amidst a difficult pursuit of school and the demanding practice schedule of the university’s varsity rowing program. In the same way that he approached the rigors and routine of a full time collegiate athlete, his training and passion to push himself segued into his pursuit as a climber.
Fourteen years later, he is constantly training for the most beautiful, difficult, remote, technical faces in the world. Be it rock, ice, or mixed, he loves them all. In the last several years, Jesse has free climbed El Capitan in a single day, mixed climbed M11, put up first ascents all over North America, Asia, and Patagonia and repeated one of Alaska’s most difficult grade 6 routes. "For me going climbing is always easy, the biggest challenge is maintaining that symbiotic life balance of work, passion, and relationships."
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- Alison Teal