Current Transportation: Ford Ecoline E350 Sportsmobile Conversion with a pull-behind 7x12 man-cave with a futon, kitchen, storage, mobile office
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: Colorado Plateau, Northeast Mexico, Juneau, 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.
Artist, writer, route developer, guidebook author, and self-described Norse God, Jason’s climbing style is not exactly gentle. But if you need someone to check for loose holds, he just might be your guy. He’s a lousy boulderer, but a great spotter. He has limited patience for a redpoint 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 often nearby and has a fondness for desert cracks. You may have in fact seen or met this motley duo roaming the Southwest or at some of the climbing festivals where they often teach clinics and compete.
While it looks like any other jacket, the technical features allow it to excel at a wide, dynamic range of temperatures. A cool evening in Mexico, thanksgiving in Indian Creek—it works for almost every situation. Not to mention, it breathes as well as it insulates.
I've worn many softshells in my life. I think I've owned almost every model that Outdoor Research has ever made—and this one is my favorite. It moves well and keeps the water out. The grid fleece liner gives it a nice soft feel inside, yet allows for breathability. The feature set seems to be just
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]