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Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson
Board Member

A farm boy from Nebraska who transplanted himself to Colorado after finishing college. My eyes were quickly open to the climbing world, after my first Colorado summer of hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park. I knew rock climbing was something I needed to pursue. Lighting grind boxes on fire in my dad’s quonset, trying to do 50-50’s and boardslides on my skateboard didn’t seem as cool anymore. I caught the bug, and climbed everyday, no matter what my skin said. Bought a rope off of craigslist that was coreshot in 10 – 12 places and started teaching myself everything there is to know about climbing. Thank god I quickly realized how big of a death trap that rope was, and bought a proper rope a few months later. I quickly started ticking off the Horsetooth Classics, and eventually got bored with the normal circuit. A friend and I started to run around the reservoir cleaning old bouldering problems, and claiming we were the first ascents. A serious hay day of climbing for me. I grew up, got stronger, wiser, and most importantly kept cleaning rocks. Developing new routes taught me the important rope skills, that lead me to where I’m at now. One day I wrote a serious Anchor Replacement Initiative for Horsetooth Rock, and when Ben Scott saw that he immediately threw me on the NCCC Board. Since then I’ve ticked off some hard climbs, developed new crags around Northern Colorado, and have done first ascents of big walls around the world.