Jeff Eckmann

Jeff began climbing in 2010 when he was invited to take a trip out to Yosemite, where some of California’s most adventurous climbing exists. Prior to showing up at the base of the route, he had no idea that he would be climbing up the classic Cathedral (an 8 pitch trad climb 9.8-9.10), which is the route that had him hooked ever since. In the past three years since his first climb his experience with the sport has elevated quickly because of the immense amount of time he has since devoted to the sport.

 

His next climb, was Lovers Leap, a Northern California classic located in the Tahoe area. That was the trip that inspired him to invest in the sport. He quickly began climbing on a regular basis all over Southern California, from Echo Cliffs, Malibu to Tahquitz, Idlleywild, to Mission Gorge, San Diego and the infamous Joshua Tree.

 

Between work, school, working out, and actively engaging in his hobbies of spear fishing, nighttime lobster diving, regularly surfing the entire West Coast, and skydiving (he’s got 28 jumps under his belt!), Jeff has managed to squeeze in repeated trips up North to Yosemite, Bishop, and further East to Colorado to climb both sport and trad routes, because he truly loves the sport.

 

He recently purchased an adventure motorcycle (BMW G650GS) and has completed his first cross-country trip from Huntington Beach, California to Colorado Spring, Colorado; along the way he stopped and camped solo in the wilderness of Moab, Vail, and the Grand Canyon. His next adventure: a motorcycle trip to Wyoming to camp, hike, fish, and of course, climb. His long-term goal is to bike down to South America to climb and to hopefully lay some new routes.

 

Jeff loves his bike and all the adventures it affords him to go on across the country, but his hope is to incorporate climbing into his motorcycle expeditions with other avid climbing fans all around the world.