Born and raised in the midwest James is a USMC veteran who moved to Colorado after graduating college to pursue mountain sports including climbing. Shortly after moving he was involved in a train on cycle incident which result in the amputation of his right foot in 2014 .
James started at a rehab program before starting to walk and through contacts there he began climbing with the Front Range Adaptive Climbing Club and Paradox Sports. Still fairly new to the adaptive climbing scene, James earned a spot at Nationals in Atlanta to climb on the 2016 US Climbing Team in Paris, his first international competition!
James predominantly climbs in the Golden & Boulder areas of Colorado; however, also enjoys climbing in the Vail and Ouray areas, Utah, Wyoming, and Fontainebleau. His other hobbies include camping, backpacking, cycling, Mtn biking, snowboarding, fishing, and just being in the backcountry in general.