At the end of the day, climbing doesn’t really matter. Hayden tries not to take this silly sport too seriously and just have as much fun as possible. Climbing is special for him because it transcends movement; it becomes more about the relationships that we build, the places we travel, the experiences we can learn from and, ultimately, the realization that we are so lucky. If anything, climbing has opened Hayden's eyes to the world around him. Climbing has showed him how lucky he is to have a passion and to be in a place in life to truly act on that passion.
Hometown: Carbondale, CO
Currently Living: Carbondale, CO
Height: Why does that matter?
Career Highlights: Been lucky enough to be dragged up some nice mountains by much stronger climbers than myself.
When did you first start climbing?
My parents introduced me to the outdoors when I was old enough to walk. They paved the way for me in our local mountains outside of Carbondale, Colorado.
How do you define success?
Success is whatever you want it to be. In my opinion, success changes over time as we grow and learn. I find success in my failures because it’s when I feel I learn the most.
What are you most proud of, either in life, your sport or both?
I feel like I have been able to stay true to myself and really listen to my intuition. Of course not all the time, but I try and tap into my true motivations as much as I can.
Who are your heroes?
Mike Pennings, MK, Peter Croft, Aretha Franklin, The Swampers, Clapton, The Gypsy Kings, Layton Kor, Tommy Caldwell…just to name a few.
What inspires you?
Spontaneous adventures, river trips, moonlight skiing, the open road and the undercover brothers/sisters.
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
Playing the guitar, kayaking, reading, skiing
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Fish Tacos and Tecate
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:
There are so many places that I hold sacred in my life, but the place that has always grounded me the most has been the southwestern desert.
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:
In 2011 Jason Kruk and I attempted the North Face of North Twin with a pretty horrible weather forecast. We didn’t really care about the weather, we just wanted to climb after nearly a month of festering. We ended up getting really high on the mountain and the bad weather rolled in hard. The next three days were a bit terrifying, and we did some aggressive stuff to get off the face. It was wild!
Describe your perfect day:
Getting up early in the Chief parking lot, climbing a perfect granite route, enjoying a lake/river swim in the heat of the day, maybe a few afternoon pitches, maybe a few beers around a fire with some music and then some moonlight adventuring!
How would your friends describe you?
Skinny, lanky, goofy,