Climber Story: Jeremy Arntz

May 24, 2023 3 min read

Climber Story: Jeremy Arntz - Dynamite Starfish

To start, tell us a little bit about yourself

Hi! My name is Jeremy (a.k.a Sleep Eat Climb Repeat on social media).

I’m 47 years old and I live in the Austin, TX area. I’m a Senior Backend Web Developer. When I’m not climbing, I’m probably playing disc golf, lifting weights, making stickers or gardening. I’m one of those people with a million hobbies!

How did you start climbing?

I had been interested in climbing for years and had done a couple gym top roping sessions with friends. Then two things happened: I started to get in better shape and I heard about bouldering.

Sport climbing seemed confusing to me, but bouldering sounded simple. Seven years later I still think sport climbing is confusing ;) I’m mostly kidding...

Despite what some people think, I did sport climb for a bit. It just never clicked for me!

What impact has climbing had on your life?

Climbing has had a huge impact on my life. I believe it’s the hobby I’ve stuck with the longest. It’s taught me a lot about myself and what I’m made of.

On a more physical level it’s transformed my body in positive and negative ways. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, but I also broke my ankle climbing. Unfortunately, I will most likely be dealing with the results of that for the rest of my life.

What are some other things you do that you find most fulfilling?

I believe that climbing is for everyone. This message along with positive body image are things I hope to transmit through Sleep Eat Climb Repeat. I enjoy creating content about my climbing journey and often take videos monkeying around on my home wall or doing climbs at my favorite local gyms in Austin. 

I recently got into meal prepping and have been thinking about adding pickleball to my list of hobbies.

If you could tell the world one thing, what would it be?

Happiness comes in moments. I feel like we are sold the idea that if we do X, or buy Y we’ll be happy forever. In my experience, happiness comes in fleeting bursts. Enjoy them while you can and don’t get too caught up on trying to hang on to them.

Is there something you're working on that you'd like to tell our community about? We love a good story. 

I am working on coming back from some health issues and, honestly, just getting back to climbing regularly again. The pandemic changed a lot about my routine and heightened some of my social anxieties. Both of which make getting to the climbing gym regularly difficult.

Outside of climbing, I’m closing on my first house in early May. So moving, getting settled in, setting up a gym in the garage, building a new climbing wall, etc. It’s stressful and exciting!

You can find Jeremy on Instagram at @sleepeatclimbrepeat.

Want to get to know more of the climbers in the amazing Dynamite Starfish community? Check out our archive of Climber Stories here.

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.

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