Photo by Gabriel Mann
I grew up in Maryland and have been passionate about rock climbing since I started in the climbing gym as a teenager. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Less than a week after graduating in 2006 I packed up the little gear I owned and made my way out west to work and live in Yosemite National Park.
Throughout my time in Yosemite and other world renowned climbing destinations, I have grown to become an expert in traditional free climbing and an elite technical big wall climber. I have climbed Yosemite's El Capitan over 20 times. In 2014 I climbed the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome and The Nose of El Capitan in less than 24 hours. In 2016 I became the first woman to rope solo the Nose in less than 24 hours. I've done first ascents in Patagonia, the High Sierra of California and the Coastal Range of British Columbia in Canada. I love pushing the limits of traditional free climbing, onsighting up to 5.13 on gear.
I am a certified Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association and Wilderness First Responder. I am bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English.
Outside of climbing, my passions include writing, traveling and sharing climbing with others.