About Jay

I’m a rock climber.

And I’m a husband, a “daytime dad” (my term for a primary caregiver who works nights) to my four kids (ages 7, 5, 3, and 2), and a performing songwriter and music producer by night. I love riding and repairing motorcycles, building/woodworking and home improvement, and drinking and brewing beer and coffee.

In the Spring of 2016, I sustained partial A3 pulley tendon tears on the middle and ring fingers of my dominant, right hand. Before my injury, I was climbing 5.10c regularly.

On January 4, 2017, I officially made it my goal to climb 5.12a by the end of the year (a new year’s resolution, if you will). By mid-February, I had not only recovered fully but quickly surpassed my previous PB. I decided to up my goal. (What’s a goal for anyway but to push you farther than ever before?)

Today, I press on with a new goal:

Climb 5.13a in twelve months.

Come join me as I share my progress, the ups and downs, and talk about climbing training, both physical and mental, what motivates me, and what holds me back.

Climb On!

Jason Mathes Mkrtschjan

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