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GET TO KNOW OUR ATHLETES

We asked our athletes several questions so you can get to know them a little better and hopefully see a bit of their personality. We love our athletes. We hope you do too. Very cool down to earth people.

MEET TYLER MATEJCEK

 

Who is Tyler Matejcek?

 

I was born to adventure! Good times with good people is what I'm all about. There's nothing better then finding new places to explore! I'm always planning a trip after I get back from a trip and feel that sitting on the couch and watching tv can be very boring and tiring! Rather be doing something productive. I married my wife Caitie/ best friend/ partner in crime. I really don't like doing activities by myself I'd rather be having fun with someone.  Oh and I'm proud to say I'm super thrifty!

How old are you?

 

I recently turned 28

Where were you born?

I was born in San Luis Obispo, CA. Oprah said it was the happiest place on earth hahaha! So I decided to stay. 

 

What do you consider your home town?

 

My home town is just north of where I was born,in Atascadero.

What activities have you explored in your lifetime?

Way to many! Seriously though! Before I started climbing I was a personal chef for 5 years for an amazing family while also juggling my own landscapeing business. I'm never doing just one thing at a time, I'm always pushing and thriving to try something new. I raced down hill mountain biking then went to enduro after wanting more from biking. I have always enjoyed skimboarding but have wanted to try surfing. I guess I'll add it to the bucket list.

 

 

What led you to climbing?

A best bud Jake from Washington state asked if I wanted to go on a trip out to a place called Bishop California to try some climbing. What an eye opening experience and a great way to be introduced into the sport.

 

How long have you been climbing?

I've been climbing on and off for a few years now, but I'm finally sticking with it and really trying to push some new limits and set some goals.

 

Why do you climb?

I climb because of the beauty, the simplicity, the adventure! I'm always able to have a competitiveness within myself to push me to do better. I love that you can always have something to work towards while climbing and that you can climb by yourself and not have to rely on anyone or you can always have a buddy at any level! Another big reason why I love climbing is because  so many projects open your eyes to see how amazing this world is and the beauty that it brings us. 

 

What is your biggest feat yet in the climbing world?

Getting into roped climbing. I have a hard time focusing and the concentration and involvement with all that goes into it can be daunting. That said, I'm progressing with climbing on ropes and am pleased with the progression.

 

What are your climbing goals?

Climb smarter not harder. Im also setting my sights on 5.13, there's a lot of work before that though.

 

What is your favorite (clean) joke?

​Why is it hard for cannibals to eat vegetables?... because of the wheelchair!

 

Why are you sToKed to join, well be the first, sponsored athlete for sToKed climbing?

I feel very fortunate to be sponsored by a great small company with the same energy and zeal towards climbing. They want people in the climbing community to be as stoked as they are about climbing and I always appreciate working with humble people!!

MEET MAYA MADERE

 

Who is Maya Madere?

I'm a climber of all things (primarily rocks) and lover of food, art, music, literature, and the earth.

 

How old are you?

 

I'm 18 years old (I'll be 19 in 8 days but who's counting)

Where were you born?

I was born and raised in my home town of Austin, Texas.

 

What do you consider your home town?

Austin, Texas

What activities have you explored in your lifetime?

Aside from climbing, I enjoy windsurfing, skiing, reading, writing, violin playing, unicycle riding, art in all forms, and occasionally basketball. 

 

What led you to climbing?

Growing up, I got in a lot of trouble for climbing things that I was told not to climb, so my baffled parents sent me to a rock climbing summer camp at the age of 10 and I completely fell in love with the sport. I started climbing competitively for Team ATX when I was 13. 

Why do you climb?

 

I climb because I love it. I'm addicted in equal parts to the electric rush of competing and the surreal calm of pulling on rock.

What is your biggest feat yet in the climbing world?

My biggest feat so far has been placing 2nd in bouldering at the youth world championships last year. 

 

What are your climbing goals?

My biggest current goal is to make finals at bouldering open nationals.

 

What is your favorite (clean) joke?

My favorite joke... A twist on a well known classic: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9. But why did 7 eat 9? Because he was told to eat 3 squared meals a day!

Why are you sToKed to join our climbing team?

I'm sToKed to join the team because I love y'all's handmade chalk bags and I'm psyched to spread the word about their awesomeness!

MEET NOELLE HOUPT 

How old are you?

I am currently 20 years old!

Where were you born?

I was born on the island of Kauai, but now I consider Bainbridge Island my home, and I'm a quick ferry ride from Seattle. 

 

What activities have you explored in your lifetime?

Throughout my life, I've explored many different sports and hobbies such as soccer, cross country, backcountry snowboarding, and mountaineering. I grew up studying music and I play ten instruments! 

What led you to climbing?

Shortly after graduating high school, I worked at a small

summer camp where I led activities like kayaking and arboring. I knew I really enjoyed the idea of climbing- I'd never been afraid of heights and loved to be challenged mentally as well as physically. After the summer ended, I began climbing (and was hired) at a small local gym where I quickly began coaching the youth comp team and routesetting.

How long have you been climbing?

I've been climbing for about two and a half years now, and it's been a long learning process.

 

Why do you climb?

I climb to push myself out of my comfort zone, to travel and experience new kinds of rock, and to make friends. There's no better feeling than sending your project after working hard on it for a season.

 

What is your biggest fear yet in the climbing world?

My biggest climbing fear yet is probably for my partner to have a gear failure. Always do safety checks and use communication!!

 

What are your climbing goals?

This year, my climbing goal is to send a route called Californication (5.13b) at Exit 32 in North Bend, Washington. It'll be my first of the grade! I'd also love to send my first v8 this year, after my first trip to bishop, I've fallen in love with outdoor bouldering.

 

What is your favorite (clean) joke?

How does NASA organize a party?

-they planet

 

Why are you sToKed to join our climbing team?

I'm STOKED to be an athlete for sToKed because I'll be a part of an outstanding community of shameless over-stokers who love enjoying the outdoors and squeezing rocks as much as I do. I love the products they create as well as what they stand for!

MEET NICOLE MARTIN

 

Who is Nicole Martin?

 

I’m a new and stoked climber, soon-to-be graduate student studying art history in Washington D.C., former choir nerd, coffee addict, lover of animals, napping champion, and advocate for the outdoors.

How old are you?

 

24 years young.

Where were you born?

 

Sacramento, CA.

What do you consider your home town?

My family is based out of and still lives in Sacramento. However, I went to college in Seattle, WA and I have a strong connection and love for the Pacific Northwest. It’s a home away from home.

 

What activities have you explored in your lifetime?

When I was a kid, I was constantly doing different sports. Horseback riding, soccer, basketball, volleyball, springboard diving, swimming, water polo, track and field, cheerleading, ice skating, etc. The only sport I truly connected with and dedicated myself to was diving. I started when I was six years old and continued until I graduated high school.

 

What led you to climbing?

I moved to the Eastern Sierras in the fall of 2016. Living so close to Bishop and Yosemite, I knew I would regret at least not trying climbing. Luckily enough, I found some patient and amazing people - who are now my some of my greatest friends - to take me out and show me how to boulder and sport climb. People weren’t kidding when they said this sport is addicting!

 

How long have you been climbing?

I started climbing in July of 2017 at 23 years old.

 

Why do you climb?

I find a lot of similarities between diving and climbing. The balance between your awareness of the body and remaining calm and focused mentally is truly surreal. Visualization is key and I practiced that a lot in my diving career, so it makes sense to me why I took such a liking to climbing.

 

What is your biggest feat yet in the climbing world?

As a new climber, I have so much to experience. My first major accomplishment was learning to lead sport routes outdoors. For me, feeling progress whether that is in strength, technique, or my mentality is fulfilling. I just led my first 10b out in the Owens River Gorge, so that’s exciting, too!

What are your climbing goals?

Because I will be moving from the Eastern Sierra’s to the East Coast in the fall, my accessibility to the outdoors will change drastically. Until I move, my goals include learning how to trad climb and climbing as much as possible! Once I move to Washington D.C., my goals will be to train and build strength, take weekend trips out to the New River Gorge, and explore what the East Coast has to offer!

 

What is your favorite (clean) joke?

A mommy tomato, a daddy tomato, and a baby tomato were walking along the street. The baby tomato was lagging behind. The daddy tomato turns around, steps on him and says “ketchup!”

 

Why are you sToKed to be an athlete for sToKed climbing?

I connect with the attitude and mission of sToKed climbing. My attitude towards climbing is serious in the sense that I push myself and want to improve. But most importantly, climbing is about having fun and being stoked. I hope I can encourage climbers at the gym and the crag to be sToKed!