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
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.
I think I wear these pants more than any other in the winter. They are simple, fit well, look nice and just get the job done for so many situations.
If there’s one jacket that makes me want the weather to cool off, it’s this one. Wearing it is like a gentle snuggle with a teddy bear. Then there’s the technical performance, too. This is my go-to jacket for stop-and-go on cold days. It’s warm, but breathes and vents great!
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
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]