We interrupted ROCK’n & JAM’n member Travis Lester the other day while he was climbing. We wanted to get his thoughts on the subject, and also take a few unwanted photos. Travis has been a member at RJ since 2011, and it’s possible you’ll bump into him if you’re ever in the gym on a weekday afternoon. He’s a super nice guy, and he’ll most likely be happy to climb with you. Just don’t ask to take his photo.
RJ- How, and when were you introduced to climbing?
Travis- I got introduced to climbing 3 years ago by a friend who moved back to Colorado (from NY) specifically to climb.
RJ- Do you primarily climb on ropes, or spend most of your time bouldering?
Travis- I try to spend my time equally between climbing on ropes and bouldering. However, if I had to choose one over the other, I would choose bouldering because I love the simplicity of it.
RJ- On average, how many days a week do you climb?
Travis- I usually climb 3 days/week.
RJ- Do you mostly climb indoor, or outdoor?
Travis- The first couple times I climbed (bouldered) it was outside. I was TERRIBLE and it wasn’t fun. The next time we came into the gym because of bad weather, and I was hooked! I haven’t gone outside since, although I plan on going outside again, eventually.
RJ- What do you like about climbing?
Travis- I like so many things about climbing, but some of my favorites include the simplicity of it, the fact that it’s both physical and mental, and the way it makes me look and feel.
RJ- What aspect of climbing do you find the most difficult or challenging (e.g., slab climbing, overhung terrain, powerful movement, technical stuff, endurance, etc.)?
Travis- I try to climb on everything so that I don’t have any major weaknesses. Even though I’m not great at anything, I don’t find any particular movement or style to be the most difficult/challenging. The only thing I don’t like is awkward movements (like running starts).
Let us take a brief moment to point out that Travis is referring to NattyGray’s new advanced boulder problem at RJ1 which contains a jump start to a large, yellow Project feature, which may be seen here. While Travis enjoys NattyGray’s setting, he does not favor his jump starts.
RJ- How long have you been climbing at ROCK’n & JAM’n?
Travis- 3 years
RJ- What do you like about ROCK’n & JAM’n?
Travis- Again, I like so many things about RJ, but some of my favorite’s include the well rounded areas for training, the overall comfortable feel of the gym, and all the people that own (present and past), work, and climb there!
RJ- Have you met any other climbers at RJ? If so, do you climb with any of them regularly?
Travis- I’ve met so many climbers, and more importantly great friends, through RJ! I climb with a few of them on a regular basis.
RJ- What is your favorite sport or hobby outside of climbing?
RJ- Have you ever tried running, while you were reading?
RJ- Most climbers get incredibly hungry after a climbing session. What is your favorite post-climbing food?
Travis- It depends. If it’s been a good session I usually head over to Chipotle, to get some quality nutrition. However, if it’s been a “rough” day, nothing makes me feel better than a Dairy Queen!
RJ- If you could be a famous/professional climber, who would you be?
Travis- Fred Nicole!
RJ- Thanks for sharing your thoughts about climbing with us Travis. Keep climbing hard, and we’ll see you in the gym this week!