Carver: Justin Sanford
Hometown: Broadalbin, New York
I have been an outdoor enthusiast my entire life but didn't start climbing until 2004. During finals week at my first college, a good friend brought me bouldering to help alleviate some stress. Ever since that initial session outdoors I have been completely hooked and climbing has become one of the few constants in my life.
Living within miles of the southern portion of the Adirondack Pack in New York a majority of my recreational time is spent searching for new climbing areas and development with a core group of friends. In the last calendar year, we have unearthed half a dozen new crags and established roughly 40 new routes and over 60 boulder problems. Our development efforts confirm the potential for new climbs within the park and keep the local climbing community extremely psyched and motivated. This past September I also organized and hosted the first ever outdoor bouldering competition in the Adirondack State Park where participation was free and the main objective was to get as many climbers as possible to my local climbing areas to show off some of the less known gems.
I began shaping climbing holds while recovering from some climbing related injuries. Now everything that I look at during my day-to-day life at the office or out at the crag helps generate new concepts for climbing hold shapes and features. The opportunity to climb on something that you personally designed is quite the reward and it helps keep me focused on climbing year round.