Daniel discusses his climbing background, his climbing future, and balancing school with life on the rock
Daniel Woods' rise to climbing eminence is comparable to the early career of a certain golf legend with the same last name. Both started at a very young age-Daniel began climbing when he was five. Both share a long list of championships. Also, it's likely that at least one person has described Daniel as a real "Tiger" on vertical rock.
Born in 1989, Daniel Woods tackles some of the climbing world's toughest routes while many others his age are thinking about prom night. It's not that he is oblivious to life away from the world of limestone, chalk, and finger holds; he just calls it ômulti-taskingö and also points out that he is an "A" and "B" student at Colorado's Longmont High School, about 40 miles north of Denver and a 15-minute drive to the nearest climbing.
Daniel entered his first climbing competition when he was eight years old and has since become a standard fixture at many top-level championships. Most recently, he took the North American Bouldering Championship and won his second consecutive USAC/ABS National Championship, beating out a bevy of more experienced, adult challengers. He has also notched noteworthy routes like Echale (V14 FA, when he was 15); Livin' Astro (5.14c) in Rumney, New Hampshire; Esperanza (V14) in Hueco Tanks, Texas; and Mandalion (V14) in Bishop, California. Through it all, he aims to keep a healthy perspective and a balanced approach toward climbing, relationships, family, and everything else life has to offer. I am a fun person to be around and a lot like anybody else, he says. I love music, snowboarding, eating, and pretty much any physical activity.
While even the biggest walls top out somewhere, the sky is the limit with Daniel. These days, he is thinking beyond high school (I am planning to take a year off before college to travel, climb, and compete as much as I can. Afterward, I want to go to school in California.) and has some big climbs planned. ôMy next big climbing project is to push my limits to the next level,ö he says. ôI want to be able to flash V13 or 8B, climb 14d to 15a route, and win World Cup competitions."
Woods adds, I am most inspired by how there is no limit to what can be done. It's the exploration involved in finding a new FA or the physical and mental side of achieving a hard piece of rock that has already been done.
And, how about many years from now? With youthful exuberance, Woods rapid fires through a number of goals, In 10 years I want my life to be climbing. I want to push my limits and the sports limits. I want to be climbing the impossible and also competing in many World Cups both for bouldering and rope climbing. My goal is to help people become better climbers as well.
Then, he seems to stop and think, before adding, I just want to climb.
Favorite Destination: South Africa
Favorite The North Face« Product: The down jacket! Best thing ever invented!
Proudest Moment: Sending the 7pm show when I was 13 in Riffle, CO.
Words To Live By: Live life to the fullest; no regrets.
Favorite Book: A Wrinkle in Time
Ambition: Travel around rock climbing, living the dream and punching the standards.
Inspiration Within the Sport: How there is no limit to what can be done. The exploration part of finding a new FA or the physical and mental side of achieving a hard piece of rock that has already been done.
Dream Vacation: I would go to the Rocklands again with my girlfriend and friends.
. 2007 USAC/ABS National Championship (B). 1st
. Necessary Evil (5.14c), Virgin River Gorge, Arizona (2006)
. Ode to the Modern Man (V15 FA, First V15 established in Colorado), Mt. Evans, Colorado (2006)
. Breaking the Law (5.14b), St. George, Utah (2006)
. Livin' Astro (5.14c). Rumney, New Hampshire (2005)
. Gutless Wonder (5.14b SA). The Puoux, Colorado (2005)
. Steady Slobbin (5.14b). Rumney, New Hampshire (2005)
. Primetime to Shine (5.14b FA). Clear Creek, Colorado (2005)
. Super Tweak (5.14b). Logan Canyon, Utah (2005)
. Zulu (5.14a). Rifle, Colorado (2005)
. Lung Fish (5.14a). Rifle, Colorado (2004)
. The 7 p.m. Show (5.14a). Rifle, Colorado (2003)
. Aslan (V14). Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (2006)
. The Swarm (V14). Bishop, California (2006)
. Mandalion (V14). Bishop, California (2006)
. Esperanza (V14). Hueco Tanks, Texas (2005)
. Freaks of the Industry (V14). Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (2005)
. Echale (V14 FA). Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado (2004)
. Circadian Rhythm (V14). Poudre Canyon, Colorado (2004)
. Armed Response (V13). Rocklands, South Africa (2006)
. The Vice (V13). Rocklands, South Africa (2006)
. The Centaur (V13, Straight Up). Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (2005)
. Crown of Aragorn (V13, one hour). Hueco Tanks, Texas (2004)
. 2006 Teva Mountain Games (B) Climbing Competition. 1st
. 2006 UIAA World Cup (B). Roverto, Italy. 12th
. 2006 Mammut Bouldering Championship III (B). 1st
. 2006 USAC National Championship (D). 1st
. 2006 USAC/ABS National Championship (B). 1st
. 2006 Mammut Bouldering Championship I (B). 1st
. 2005 USAC/ABS National Championship (B). 1st
. 2005 Teva Mountain Games (B) Climbing Competition. 1st
. 2004 UIAA North American Championship (B). 1st
. 2004 UIAA North American Championship (D). 3rd
. 2004 UIAA Youth World Championship (D). 3rd
. 2004 Teva Mountain Games (B) Climbing Competition. 2nd
. 2004 UIAA Youth World Championship (D). 2nd
. Climbing, September 2006, Issue 251: Appears on cover
. Specimen, A Chuck Fryberger Film, 2006.