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About the Hosts

Maddee Ryan

Maddee¬†is 22 years old and from Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, she is finishing up a bachelor’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She was lucky enough to grow up with exposure to the outdoors and a wild family, but did not get on a rope until she was 19.

After learning to climb in Indian Creek, she developed a passion for climbing cracks. Her favorite cam size is a three-way tie between .75s, 1s, and 5s. You can also find her trying to backcountry ski, mountaineering, training her dog and creating digital art.”

Fritz Nuffer

There’s a chapter in The Princess Bride in which the mysterious Man in Black is climbing the Cliffs of Insanity. When the rope gets cut, he starts ascending the wall by “making a fist and inserting it into cracks in the rock.”

Fritz wishes that his personal climbing autoethnography would begin with something so hardcore. Instead, he actually didn’t like climbing the first time he tried it outdoors in Lake City, Colorado in 2010. He struggled mightily on a 5.8 volcanic tuft sport route and decided to stick to mountain biking.

Two years later, a friend twisted his arm into taking a trip to the holy Desert. There Fritz learned to jam and was hooked for life, soon dumping obscene amount of money into cams and spending every weekend donating blood to the Wingate Foundation.

Fritz’s favorite routes include Atlantis, the Cruise, Cloaked Interpretation and Movable Stoned Voyage. Detect a pattern?¬†

When not climbing, he enjoys singlespeed bikepack racing, which is pretty much an excuse for eating oatmeal raisin cookies for breakfast. His favourite trails include the Colorado Trail, the Kokpelli Trail and Copper Harbor.

Indoors, Fritz enjoys playing drums and flute and reading postmodern fiction. His favorite books include Gravity’s Rainbow, Madame Bovary, the Odyssey and Infinite Muthafuggn Jest.

Fritz is working on his PhD in rhetoric and philosophy and hopes to someday either become a professor at Hillsdale College or a Lutheran pastor.