I was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in the Deep South. Despite the heat and humidity, I spent quite a bit of time playing outside as a kid, but climbing was not in my awareness. I stumbled upon climbing after college, while I was developing electric vehicle batteries as an engineer in Southeast Michigan.
Climbing introduced me to a world of new friends, adventure, camping and a new way of mentally and physically challenging myself. It also showed me how to meditate while in motion and taught me how to take action while confronting fear. Those lessons helped me find the confidence to become an outdoor leader and climbing instructor, and to start two businesses.
My dream is to use climbing as a medium to help others grow their confidence, and through my current business, Komela Gear, I want to contribute to a legacy of making climbing and other outdoor activities accessible and inclusive for all people.