did you get into climbing, Benny?
A couple of years ago a buddy of mine took me out to try it. Tried it once and
got addicted. He, on the other hand, got married and can't leave the house now.
FRB: Climbing partners?
Many, many partners. Iím what you
would call a climbing whore.
FRB: Favorite areas? Favorite routes?
I've really taken a liking to River Wall at Button Rock outside of Lyons. The
setting is great not many people and you climb right out of the drink. There are
some really classic routes there. Also, Lumpy and Eldo, of course.
Do you like to rope up in RMNP?
Yes. As a matter of fact, I recently climbed the Casual Route on the Diamond with
Kevin Bains. It was awesome.
A Steve Hong route called Old Yellar. An amazing route at Button Rock above the
River Wall. FRB: What
are you working on now?
You mean besides trying to stay
out of the heat? I guess Im working Nevermore at Easter Rock in Boulder
Canyon. I've gone up a couple time to check it out and keep falling off the last
FRB: You boulder as well, right?
FRB: Where you been bouldering at in
the summer heat?
Mostly indoors.FRB: How
much do you train?
Iím always training. Rest days for me consist of laps on
FRB: Who are your mentors?
Anybody I climb with. Thereís always something you can learn from people no matter
their level. Oh yeah, and Tony Yao.
Who do you look up to in your climbing?
I look up to Tony and my buddy Jon
Siegrist. Also, the greatest climber of our time, Tommy Caldwell.
You work at the BRC?
Sure do.FRB: What's your
take on the state of climbing
bouldering in the Front Range?
Itís really taking off. The more I go out, the more people I see that are super
psyched to be out enjoying themselves.
FRB: Comp seasons is rapidly
you going to compete?
I havenít competed yet. I want to try it once, but other than that Iím not really
into the whole comp scene.
FRB: How many comp at the BRC this season?
I donít know if we have scheduled any as of right now.
FRB: BRC has
a renovation in the works?
Yeah weíre getting ready to expand.
The building is going to be 50% larger and the climbing area is going to almost
double. I just saw the plans for the new walls and bouldering. Itís going to be
FRB: Who are the coursesetters are the Rock Club, Benny?
Right now itís mostly Charlie Boas
and Tony Yao. As soon as summer camps are done I will be joining the crew again.
Climbing, Cars and Chicks... in what order?
Oh Mike, it hurts to think that
FRB: Other interests?
Cars and Chicks. Hahaha.
Final words of wisdom.
When you got outside brush your
holds. This isnít the spot.
Thanks for the interview, Benny.
Thank you. Itís been fun. Can I
go send now?