Mike Kimmel has been a VSC (Very Serious Climber) for the past 15 years, and rock climbing has been the defining aspect of Mike’s life since he was 13 years old. He has climbed all over the Western US, ticking off classic routes and boulder problems in areas large and small, and putting up new problems in the forests of South Korea and the deserts of South India. While he does love bouldering and enjoys traditional climbing, Mike’s current focus has been on sport climbing and routesetting – looking for new lines in the Western Slope of Colorado and the Holy Cross Wilderness, as well as creating routes to consistently send youth climbers to ABS and SCS Nationals.
He has been a professional routesetter and climbing coach for the last decade, and has mixed his climbing background and Masters Degree in Education to create youth climbing programs for commercial gyms and non-profit climbing programs. He currently works as the head routesetter and as a climbing coach for the Vail Athletic Club, and as an English teacher for the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. Mike is always psyched, and chances are he is scheming up new beta to send a project while you are reading this. Seriously.
Number one song played on your ipod? Hail Mary Mallon – Grubstake
What is your first memory of being really psyched? Sleeping in my car on my 18th birthday after driving to attend an outdoor bouldering competition at the Skyland Boulders in Crested Butte.
What would you want for your last meal? Korean Food. Lots of Korean Food.