Jason Nelson

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Current Transportation: Ford Ecoline E350 Sportsmobile Conversion
Core Activities: Ice Climbing, Alpine Climbing, Rock Climbing, Big Wall Climbing, Mixed Climbing
Non-Core Activities: Kayaking, Trail running, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Canyoneering
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, Evolv
Favorite Places: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Zion Nation Park, Wind River Range, Alaska
My Jam Is: Any size crack I can get a body part into...or were you talking about music?
I Eat Lots Of: My wife Lisa's awesome cooking.
Fun Fact: Embarrassingly, I'm 6'4" and totally suck at basketball.

​Jason’s climbing style is not exactly gentle, but if you need someone to clean your route or check for loose holds, he just might be your guy. He’s a lousy boulderer, but a great spotter. Limited patience for a project, but endless passion for an adventure. His fingers are too big for the little holds and thin cracks, but give him a pair of ice axes and watch gravity cease to exist. Jason’s wife Lisa (is darn cute and) has a fondness for desert cracks. Their son Zane is hoping to join the circus. You may have in fact seen or met this motley crew roaming the SouthWest or at some of the climbing festivals they frequently attend, compete at, and teach clinics for.

How To Kill It At The Red Rock Rendezvous

Eight-time Rendezvous veteran Jason Nelson breaks down how to have the best time possible at this year's fest. [Read More]

QUICK TIPS: How Not To Get Stomped By Your First Day On Tools

Got stoke? Make sure your body and your tools are set to keep up when the ice comes in. [Read More]

The Fear And Thrill Of A Ouray First Ascent: Almost Somewhere (M8, WI6)

Jason Nelson and Beth Goralski find late-season goodies and put up a mixed first ascent above Ouray, Colo. [Read More]

What’s Your Bivy Horoscope?

How and where you spend the night before the big climb might have a lot to do with your performance. [Read More]

First Ascents And The Climbing Ethics Peanut Gallery

Is ‘good style’ worth risking your neck for? [Read More]

Why Climb Just One Tower, When You Could Link Them All?

The Castle Ridge Traverse adds up ridges and towers for the desert linkup of a lifetime. [Read More]

Paddling the Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake rewards the few who venture onto it with an otherworldly experience. [Read More]

Mixed Climbing Confessions

I feel like I need to stand up in front of everyone and admit that, yes, I am a mixed climber. [Read More]

Glacier and Iceberg Bouldering 101: A Photo Essay

I should mention that there is nothing safe about Iceberg Bouldering [Read More]

Classic Climbs: Castleton Tower and the Rectory

Why settle for just one classic when there are two right next to each other? It’s no mystery why Castleton Tower is considered… [Read More]

Zero to Hero

Zero to Hero -a new mixed climb- came together in a series of pieces. The first began about three years ago... Living in Ouray, with a population of 900, meant that climbing partners could be limited… [Read More]

Alpine & Ice Climbing Ambassadors
Bayard Russell
Blake Herrington
Chad Kellogg (1971-2014)
Emilie Drinkwater
Gordon McArthur
Graham Zimmerman
Jason Nelson
Jewell Lund
Kyle Dempster
Margo Talbot
Mark Allen
Sarah Garlick
Sarah Hueniken