Austin discovered rock climbing in 2010 while on a vacation in Alaska. He became involved in youth competitive climbing a year later and has made five appearances at the USA Climbing National Championships, progressing into finals on three occasions. Currently Austin is a member of the US National Team.
There have been 2 experiences in Austin’s life so far that got him really psyched. The first was topping out his first double digit problem, Fingerhut (V10), in Joe’s Valley, Utah…….total adrenaline rush.
The second experience that got Austin really psyched was when he found out that he had the opportunity to represent the United States at the IFSC Youth World Championships. Austin commented, “…….the support that I received from family and friends to get me to Noumea, New Caledonia, was overwhelming. Without climbing in my life, I probably would have never gone to such an amazing place and met people from all over the world”.
These experiences and many others inspired Austin to give back to the community. One way that Hansel chooses to give back is by teaching climbing skills to younger kids through summer camps and other events in a variety of venues. He also assists in teaching speed climbing clinics at a local climbing gym to introduce speed climbing to the public. When asked why Austin chose these avenues, he simply said, “Climbing has been such an important part of my life that I hope to help others find the same joy and fulfillment in climbing, that I have!”
When he’s climbing and when he’s not, Austin is always listening to music. You can frequently find him getting psyching to the strains of Fifth Harmony’s, Worth It.