Hometown: Fayetteville, West Virginia
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, La Sportiva, Metolius, Julbo, Big Agnes
Current Transportation: Dodge Promaster and a DR 650
Favorite Places: Desert Southwest; New River Gorge; Anywhere in the alpine with big granite walls
Core Activities: Rock Climbing, Alpine Climbing
My Jam is: Orion by Rodrigo y Gabriela
Non-core Activities: Photography, Rafting, Woodwork
I Eat Lots of: Eggs and broccoli
Fun Fact: I like sewing

The biggest thing in the empty desert outside Farmington, N.M., where Pat Goodman grew up, was the rugged form of Ship Rock. “Everybody within a hundred miles can see the Ship Rock, which is really the ancient remains of a volcano that towers above the barren New Mexican landscape,” Pat remembers. By the age of 14, Pat knew he wanted to climb it. “Its crumbling fluted walls are shrouded with Navajoland mystique. It was only natural for us to want to want to do it.”

After a studying in Colorado, Goodman went on to spend his early-twenties touring around the American West, seeking an increasingly more challenging diet of boulders and cracks, before migrating East to Boone, North Carolina. Most recently, he’s raised the bar in the southeast for brick-hard, borderline-too-dangerous trad climbing, including Scavenger (5.13c R), and Jade Rabbit (5.13d/14a R). In between work stints as a custom wood-flooring specialist based out of Fayetteville, WV, Pat finds time to make annual pilgrimages to the mountains to pursue his original passion for adventurous new lines in wild environments.