Tristan felt the pull of climbing from a young age while growing up in rural Wyoming. When he headed east to Dartmouth for undergrad, it was in part because of its reputation as a top skiing school and because it had good climbing nearby. He skied for the Dartmouth ski team, but found that competition in the east was as hard as the snow. He took his first climbing trip in the spring as a freshman and learned the ropes from the amazingly attuned and renowned instructor John Joline. He sallied forth trying to make sense of the world by exploring its heights and finding adventure along the way. In college, he lived and breathed climbing and history, then moved to Colorado before boomeranging back to New England. He enjoys all types of climbing, from pebble pinching to snow slogging, and believes any good day involves a heavily beating heart.
What is your favorite climbing trip of all time?
I recently took a trip to Joshua Tree in early March with my wife. We camped in Hidden Valley campground and climbed mostly moderates between one and three pitches in length. My wife had never been there despite living in southern California for several years, so I wanted to show her why it’s a place I love so much. We were both stunned by the beauty of the area and the enjoyable movement on the white quartz monzonite domes.