did you get into climbing, Brian?
Brian: I grew up in Florida,
no rock around. But there was a gym, managed by Chris
Rogers at the time. I tried climbing once and was hooked.
FRB: Where are some of your favorite
in the Front Range?
I love RMNP in the summer, its beautiful up there. I also like doing
routes in Clear Creek and climbing the 1st Flatiron.
FRB: What are some of your favorite boulder problems?
Brian: That's a tough question.
There were a few problems in New Zealand that were amazing. Millipede
at HP40, Jungle Book in So Ill, and a few things in Australia stick
out in my mind.
FRB: Who do you usually boulder with?
Brian: There are a lot of people
I really enjoy climbing with. But the usual crew is Lee, Feinberg, Jonny
G, Rob D, Segal, Coop, and Chris
Sierzant when back East.
FRB: What bouldering videos have you made?
Brian: My most recent film
is The Australia Project, which was released in Dec. 2004. I also produced
and edited The Life, a compilation of home footage shot by Dave Graham,
Joe Kinder & Luke
Parady. Lately, I've been doing some shorts for the ABS.
FRB: What is your inspiration to make bouldering videos?
In the beginning, I just wanted to show my friends all the cool climbing
I saw during my travels. Then, I got really psyched on the visual aspects
of it. Climbing brings us to some amazing places and gives us great
stories to tell. I want to be able to share these experiences with everyone.
FRB: How do you decide on which sound track
to use for your
Brian: That's probably the hardest
part of filmmaking. I try to pick a variety of music styles so the soundtrack
has something for everyone. And make sure the songs are fun and easy
to listen too.
FRB: Where have you travelled for some
of your bouldering
Brian: I was in Australia last
summer shooting The Australia Project. I've been all over the US and
in France shooting The Players, a new project I've been working on.
FRB: Who did you travel with? How was the trip?
Brian: I was with Rob D, Matt
Segal, and Emily Harrington in Australia. It was a great trip. We
were there for 2 months and got to climb all over the East coast. We
spent time in the Grampians and Mt. Arapiles, Nowra, Armidale, and Sydney.
Other than a few epics, it was a smooth trip.
FRB: What trips do you have planned for your next video?
Brian: I'm headed to New England
with Joe Kinder and the Red with Matt Segal to film for The Players.
We're also discussing a trip to Colombia this summer.
FRB: What are some of the most difficult issues
in making a successful
sure the entire piece flows and the story is told well. Also, it's hard
to make a product that appeals to everyone. But I try to get as close
to that goal as possible.
FRB: After climbing and filming all day,
how do you like
to relax and unwind?
Brian: Chill, eat some good
food and get some sleep. Maybe watch a movie, I love movies.
FRB: Which Front Range rock gym do you prefer?
Brian: Probably The
Spot, great people, great atmosphere.
FRB: Who do you think is the most creative course setter
in the Front
Emerson and Moelter do a good job, nice work at the ABS Nationals.
Lets not forget about Chris Rogers either, he's the man.
FRB: Do you train for bouldering? If so, what do you do?
Brian: I used to train a ton,
but not that much lately. I'd say cross training really helps. Swimming,
FRB: How about injuries. How do you deal
had a few injuries. Best thing I found to do is take time off climbing,
and do other stuff to stay fit.
FRB: What do you dislike most about the Front Range
seems like people talk a lot of shit about people they don't even know.
Lots of gossip goes around, but maybe that's with any tight knit community.
FRB: The Spot Gym Nationals Competition after-party
was over the
top in its salaciousness. What is your
opinion on that?
thought the party was great. Other than the wild dancing in the yoga
room, the nights events seemed mild compared to Hueco Rock Ranch, PCA,
FRB: What else do you do besides climb/boulder
and make videos?
been doing a lot of photography lately. I'm also a full-time student
at CU. I also like to run, swim, and play B-Ball.
FRB: A lot of boulderers today are drinkers.
Why do you think
that's the case?
Brian: I'm not really sure. It seems like it's always
been that way. As John Sherman put it, being a boulderer is easy, "one-third
food, one-third gas, one-third beer."
FRB: Do you think that drinking is good for
Brian: It can't be good for
FRB: Final words of wisdom for the
people just starting
Brian: Do what you love to do
and don't let anyone get in your way.
FRB: Thanks for the interview, Brian.