I am proud to introduce you to the Common Climber Advisory Board! These kind and generous people volunteer their time providing guidance and input, as well as oversight and accountability for the cause. I am ever so grateful to them! Thank you!
Enock lives in Bethel, Maine, USA and is a public speaker and adaptive sports advocate. As a child with Spina Bifida, Enock had to learn to do things differently than others but with the use of adaptive equipment and help from friends and family, he has had the opportunity to experience a lot of things that people with two working legs may not even try. Enock is an avid rock climber and skier, as well as active in many other sports including tennis, basketball, paragliding and skydiving.
Enock completed a 5-day ascent of “Zodiac” on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, which was filmed by Craig Muderlak for a movie called “Enock." He also has a blog www.gobeyondthefence.com
Marc Wiesner has been climbing for over 30 years and is hoping to climb for at least the next 30!
He grew up in Melbourne, Australia and was introduced to rock climbing at a school camp, where he was immediately hooked. It wasn’t easy being a young rock climbing addict living in Melbourne during this time as the nearest crag was 4 hours drive away and there were no local gyms. This made each climbing trip even more special, and formed a strong friendship and bond between local climbers who would do anything to get away.
One hastily “organised” trip involved a 15 year old Marc and a friend attempting to ride their bikes (without bike lights) 40kms along the side of the freeway to get to Mount Arapalies, at 11 o’clock at night. The passing truck drivers eventually alerted the police who were kind enough to offer the boys a lift the rest of the way.
Marc has climbed all over the world, and tried his hand at traditional climbing, sport climbing and mountaineering.
Climbing took a backseat during Marc’s thirties while focusing on his career in IT and raising his son, but he returned in his 40’s more motivated than ever.
Unfortunately, in October 2018 Marc’s love of climbing was put to the test when he had a 7m ground fall and broke his pelvis, wrist, some ribs and suffered a touch of internal bleeding. Thankfully, with a lot of support and hard work he was walking within 3 months and after 6 months had climbed the 7c on which the accident occurred.
He is proud to be part of the Common Climber team and excited to use his Digital Marketing skills to help the publication grow.
Dominique Barry is from Lakewood, California, USA.
He is a multi-sport athlete (including climbing and surfing), climbing coach, diversity advocate, and youth mentor. Dom is the Head Coach of LAX Sender One Climbing Team and a sponsored athlete for La Sportiva and Organic Climbing.
Check out Dom's Instagram at: the_dommylama
Jeff Smoot is a climber, writer, photographer, and lawyer based in Seattle, WA, USA.
He has published several climbing guidebooks including Rock Climbing Washington, Climbing Washington's Mountains, Best Climbs Cascade Volcanoes, Pumping Concrete: A Guide to Seattle-Area Climbing Walls, and Schurman Rock: A History and Guide.
He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Hangdog Days: Conflict, Change, and the Race for 5.14. Jeff has a long history of climbing and writing about climbing, publishing articles over the years for outdoor magazines including Rock & Ice, Climbing, and Mountain. He has also shared his creative work with Common Climber.
Although Jeff hung-out with some of the cutting-edge climbers of late '70s and early '80s, he considers himself a Common Climber and is self-described as “flailing on all the hard routes” his buddies would drag him on – and, when given the choice, Jeff would prefer to sleep in.
David Barnes - Assistant Editor
Ok, so this is part bio and part my own dedication to Dave...
Dave Barnes is based out of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Dave is the Assistant Editor for Common Climber, who joined us on August 1, 2019. Dave has been an incredible asset to the Common Climber team. He has heart, talent, enthusiasm, and ideas to spare! I am ever so grateful he came knocking on my email door. Here is the welcome letter I wrote about him.
Dave has been climbing for over 30 years, and has put up numerous first ascents. He is also a passionate writer, being published in climbing magazines world-wide, and sharing his writing talent with Common Climber as well.
Dave has dedicated a lot - meaning, volunteered a lot - to Common Climber. I am ever so grateful to him.
Thank you Dave!!