Sterling Athletes Team
From the moment Paul first touched an indoor rock climbing hold, at the age of eleven, he was hooked. Over the past decade Paul has proven himself among many of the greats in rock climbing and continues to strive to push the sport to the next level, a level in which people have only dreamed of achieving.
Growing up in New Jersey, it became quite apparent that becoming a professional rock climber was going to be quite difficult for Paul. However, he never gave up on his aspirations and with the help of family and friends he has gotten to the place where he is today. Paul began rock climbing at a small climbing gym in Southern New Jersey called Vertical Reality. In the beginning, Paul was merely the scrawny little boy who came into the gym with his father on a daily basis having the time of his life climbing on plastic holds on a twenty foot top rope wall. As time went on, he began competing in indoor rope climbing competitions. Paul did this circuit for about three years and never felt truly successful. Feeling discouraged he moved on from rope climbing to the newest form of climbing at the time and what would soon become the most popular, bouldering. As he began growing up Paul finally felt as if he had found his place in the climbing world and that was through bouldering. He began to travel the world in search of all the most amazing climbs to be done as well as competing in national and international competitions. As senior year of high school came and went it was only obvious that the next step was college and where other than the climbing capital of the country, Boulder, Colorado.
Now that senior year is nearly complete for Paul, two major changes have been occurring. One of which has been his new look into the world of route climbing. Having climbed V15 and now 5.14d on a rope he has become the multitalented climber he has always wanted to be, but does not plan on stopping there. He knows V16 is a possibility and wants more than anything to climb one and also bring his bouldering power to the routes and establish, for himself, some extremely hard moderate length sport routes all over the world. Paul still feels like he is just scratching the surface in climbing and looks forward to a bright and successful future.
The road is endless and he is embracing it all as it comes.