Member Spotlight: Dec 2016

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How did you start climbing?

Darrell: I started climbing when I got out of the Navy in the early 70s. It started with hikes and scrambles and then from that graduated to vertical climbs, including Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Rainier. I picked it back up when my son Patrick invited me to a Boy Scout Troop outing at Frenchman’s Coulee in 2009. With Patrick’s encouragement, a trip to Edgeworks soon followed and we were hooked.
Patrick: I started climbing in 2009 as a Venture Scout.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

Darrell: Routes are changed often enough to keep interest level up and keep you wondering “what’s new to try tonight?” And the people, friendly staff and fellow climbers. If you come in alone, it’s easy to find a belay buddy, or just work out on the auto belays.
Patrick: There are lots of routes with a wide range of difficulties that are physically and technically challenging. Edgeworks has a great atmosphere and great people.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

Darrell: Frenchman’s Coulee.
Patrick: Smith Rocks

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Darrell: Hiking and skiing are two favorite activities. Occasionally, kayaking or trap shooting. Also spending time with friends and family.
Patrick: Hiking, biking, kayaking, trap shooting, hunting and fishing.

What are some interesting facts you’d like to share with the Edgeworks community?

Darrell: Patrick is not adopted. Even though he’s much taller, he is my biological son.
Patrick: We both enjoy building and repairing things with our hands.

Which do you prefer: top rope, lead, or bouldering?

Both: Top Rope

What is your go-to route grade?

Darrell: 5.10 and occasionally 5.10+. I like seeing Patrick climb theroutes with longer reaches because he can really use his long arms to pull himself up.
Patrick: 5.10 with big holds spaced far apart.