Mason started climbing as a young child in the trees around his house in Massachusetts. Eventually he started climbing rocks, and at age 18 he moved to the western US where he has lived since. The best climbing adventures are always the ones that went terribly wrong. Like the time Mason got blood poisoning in French Polynesia, or the time one of his portaledges collapsed during a fierce Patagonian storm, or the time he didn’t bring enough food on a trip to Venezuela and spent the month on the verge of starvation. Mason has always been drawn to exploring for new rock climbs, especially cracks.
Discipline: Rock climbing
Hometown: Concord, MA
Currently Living: SLC, UT
When did you first start climbing?
What do you most enjoy about your sport?
The freedom, the movement, the exploration.
How do you define success?
High stoke levels.
What inspires you?
The unknown, whether it be a single pitch project or an unclimbed big wall deep in the jungle.
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
Playing music, banter and raising hell
What’s your guilty pleasure?
What are your hidden talents?
Classical guitar and banjo
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:
Surrounded by homies, jamming tunes, swilling forty-rod somewhere in the Utah desert….
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:
Once, as I was nearing the top of a Moab crack climb, and I saw a big pale scorpion on the hold I was reaching for. I went airborne immediately, while screaming.
Describe your perfect day:
Climbing a new El Cap free route ground-up, in a day, high fives with the President and Jackie Chan on the summit, then making it back to the lodge in time for an overflowing bowl of chili.