My name is Jason Fisher, I'm 32, and I've been climbing for a little over 10 years. I'm a father, husband, climber and engineering manager in that order. I'm on the shorter end of the spectrum (162 cm), and climbing is my passion, trying to provide beta and stoke for all the other short climbers out there!
How did you start climbing?
On my birthday in 2012! My friends invited me to go climbing at Seattle Bouldering Project, and I was instantly hooked. I've always been somewhat active, but I had never really been "strong" at any physical activity. The aspect of using physical and mental strength to solve a puzzle on the wall is what I fell in love with.
What impact has climbing had on your life?
Climbing has brought me the most joy I've ever had in my life. My wife and I met at the climbing gym and have been traveling the US for climbing every chance we get. In 2018, we decided to try and climb outdoors at least once every week...and were successful! It was the most fun we've ever had in climbing, visiting new areas, and trying really hard.
We continued with that passion into 2019, and then took a break in 2020 and 2021 to welcome the birth of our daughter. To rekindle our love for climbing, and introduce our daughter to its beauty, we relocated to Las Vegas at the end of 2021 — it was the best decision we ever made. We can finally consistently outdoor climb again, and both my wife and myself are the strongest and happiest we've ever been!
What are some other things you do that you find most fulfilling?
Outside of climbing, the most important thing for me is being a father to my 2.5 year old. My wife and I are trying our hardest to raise our daughter, such that she is happy, introducing her to the outdoors, but not forcing anything upon her. She loves Red Rock right now, and it's so exciting to see.
If you could tell the world one thing, what would it be?
Spend as much time as you can on whatever brings you joy.
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As I've just gotten back into climbing in 2022, I've been trying to get back to my peak strength, and I'm finally starting to feel it! In 2023, I'm pushing hard to move into my first V11 as well as trying to explore every one of the bouldering canyons in Red Rock!
To me, climbing hard is important, but the joy of exploration is equally satisfying. I'm looking forward to seeking out all of the areas Red Rock has to offer, documenting shorty beta along the way!
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We hope you have enjoyed these sneak peeks into climbers' lives. We're on a mission to share diverse stories about rock climbing. Let's push the boundaries of who we know as climbers. Let's use our energy and passion for the outdoors to love our environment and inspire one another.