Mike: 6'0", 165 lbs.
FRB: How did you get into climbing?
Mike: I remember climbing on a tiny boulder in my front yard when I was very young. Then when I was 10 my oldest brother David moved away and we stopped near some cliffs at a rest area in Wisconsin. Later I saw the cliffs in Grand Ledge when I was about 15; I saw huge roofs on short steep sandstone. My friends and I went climbing at Inside Moves about once a week. When summer time hit finally at 18, I became a regular at Grand Ledge.
FRB: Who have you learned most from?
FRB: Who was instrumental in your climbing career?
Mike: So many people, if you know me, I guarantee you helped me along the way so, thank you.
FRB: What kind of climbing do you prefer?
What are some of your favorite
problems and areas?
Mike: At the red-the pearl, the bulldog, the watch tower, the secret garden, KF'r, Dreams, at the Gunks- Gill Egg, at Devils Lake- Gill Flatiron both Gill problems I sent second try with friends, and in Grand Ledge- Max Scene Arete, & Thailand which are both side by side, I'm surprised how CLOSE these two climbs with separate and terrible holds sit next together. Nearly all of the bouldering I have done in Colorado I don't know the names to but I could sit down and figure it with the internet. All together I have climbed on rocks in Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia, New York, Wyoming, Utah, California, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Missouri, Canada, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and all of the areas were really good.
How often do you climb?
Mike: 3 times a week.
All-Time favorite problem?
Mike: A Comedy of Terrors, because after doing that climb I realized there is a line that goes to the right.
FRB: Do you have any projects?
Mike: Yeah, and the holds are very far apart, but I think I can do them.
FRB: Have you taken any bad falls?
Mike: Yes, I fell off an electricity box onto a rock once when I was 3. I broke my nose. Also I have fallen off a small cliff at the Red while hiking at night. I landed in a thick bed of leaves, and on a steep hill, I felt no pain, had no injuries and walked back to my tent, IT WAS AWESOME! I have fallen on trad, and sport which can be thrilling. I have had two cams pop out before. While falling off a flaring crack in So Ill, my climbing partner Bruce Bright caught me out of the air with his arms. The second cam that popped out was in New York, my fingers were barely skinny enough for the thin crack and while falling, a micro cam that I placed came out instantly, I fell to a single manky piton. Also I fell snowboarding when I was 16, this was my worst fall. I lost some memory for a few hours, got a concussion, had a seizure, and was depressed for 10 years. When I got back from Colorado in 06, I learned that 3/4 concussions result in depression, knowing why I was depressed made me happier. My friends have always
We've heard you use to climb with
thought I'm super happy though, and that's why they nick named me 'Happy', finally!
some heavy weights?
Mike: I climb with everyone near me, I saw Jason K. at the Red but I didn't climb with him. People said I should show him the bouldering but I was nervous and we went home.
FRB: Climbing partners?
Mike: I climb mostly my friends John Marshall, Brian Nummy, James Owens, Dave Pirochta, Kim Owens, Maxine VanAmeyde, Bruce Bright, Dave Poxin, Paul Hunter, Terry Eman, Katie Layman, and a bunch of other people.
FRB: You've climbed with Jamie Emerson
- he's a strong climber. Have you ever
out-gunned him? If so, tell us about it.
Mike: Nobody has ever out-gunned Jamie Emerson, and everyone in the world is years behind all his accomplishments. Fine. I'm one of a few, but I do recall being able to do this made-up dyno in Grand Ledge before him. It doesn't matter to me though, and I would suck at rock climbing if it wasn't for him. Some people can inspire others easily, and we were a good influence on each other.
Who do you hang with these days?
Mostly John, Brian, Jim and Davey.
FRB: Where would you like to travel to climb?
I would like to go deep water soloing in Thailand.
FRB: What else do you do besides climb?
I play chess.
FRB: If you didn't climb what other sport
would you do?
I would play basketball, hopefully for the Denver Nuggets.
You live back East. What keeps you there?
Mostly my family, and project.
FRB: Do you climb indoors? Where?
Mostly on home walls in the area.
FRB: Do you compete? Have you won any events?
Mike: Not really, and yes the first one I competed in I won.
(yes or no answers)
Do you Smoke: no
Do you Swear: yeah
Do you Sing: yeah
Do you Shower: yeah
Have you Been in Love: yeah
Do you believe in yourself: yeah
Are you a Health Freak: yeah
Do you get along with your Parents: yeah
Do you like Thunderstorms: yeah
Do you play an Instrument: yeah
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol: no
In the past month have you Smoked: no
In the past month have you been on Drugs: no
In the past month have you gone on a Date: no
In the past month have you gone to a Mall: yeah
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreo's: no
In the past month have you eaten Sushi: no
In the past month have you been on Stage: no
In the past month have you been Dumped: no
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping: no
In the past month have you Stolen Anything: no
Ever been called a Tease: no
Ever been Beaten up: no
Ever Shoplifted: no
How do you want to Die: age
What do you want to be when you Grow Up: climb
What country would you most like to Visit: South America
(pertaining to your women - what do you prefer)
Favorite Eye Color: Brown
Favorite Hair Color: Brown
Short or Long Hair: Long
Best Clothing Style: Any
Shaved underarms: yes
Granolas or stoners: Granolas
Number of CDs you own: 0
Number of Piercing's: 0
Number of Tattoos: 1
Number of things in my Past I Regret: 3
Number of people you hope you never see or hear from again: 3
Number of lovers: 4
Can you climb 5.14? yeah
Can you climb V10 and above? yeah
FRB: What is the climbing scene like in your area?
Mike: We are a close community. For 11 people to take off some where far away is typical because its cheaper on gas. My friend just got a VW bus this summer so we are very excited to travel soon.
FRB: Ask yourself a few questions, Mike.
Question1: Why do hot dogs come in packs of 10 and hot dog buns come in packs of 8?
Answer: So that you have to buy two packs of buns.
Question2: What is the approximate toaster value (squared) of a turkey toilet hot dog processor?
Answer: I could figure it out, I need the processor.
Question3: Should the US switch to the metric system?
Answer: No, because being different doesn't matter always.
FRB: Thanks for the interview, Mike.
Mike: You're Welcome, & Thank you.
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