Hello! I'm Samuel Bohanon, a 28 year old who has been climbing for 5 years. I'm an assistant manager for a climbing gym, and it seems like I can never be climbing enough! I also have two dogs! A husky named Tartar Sauce and a malamute named Alfredo Sauce.
How did you start climbing?
I started climbing my senior year of college. I was interning at Great Lakes Aquarium for animal husbandry and made friends with the dive safety officer. He taught me all the basics of climbing, and brought me on my first climbing trip.
What impact has climbing had on your life?
Climbing has been incredibly positive on my life! It has helped me with my mental health, and made me be a healthier person who actually likes their body.
What are some other things you do that you find most fulfilling?
I love doing whatever gets me outdoors! I love to scuba dive, hike, trail run, ice climb, camping, quilting for when hands are too sore to climb, and playing dungeons and dragons.
If you could tell the world one thing, what would it be?
If you're ever doubting if you should go climb, you should.
Favorite thing about Dynamite Starfish?
The name! I've never heard of it before (hooray for being 6ft3), but it is such a great name that always makes me smile then I think of it. I also really like the designs and how nice the clothes are!
Is there something you're working on that you'd like to tell our community about? We love a good story.
I'm currently training to climb Devil's Tower! On a roadtrip when I was young, I remember being in awe of seeing such a large structure being climbed. When I was young I thought it was the coolest thing someone could do, and now I'm going to do it!
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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.