Born and raised in BC, Jaron spent much of his youth exploring the grasslands, rivers, and lakes of the Thompson-Okanagan. The diversity and vastness of the earth has always fascinated Jaron in a way he still hasn’t found words to describe. At the age of 18 that same unyielding curiosity caused him to hop on a plane to New Zealand, and it was here that Jaron experienced the big mountains for the first time. The Southern Alps of New Zealand awakened within him a natural affinity for remoteness & high places.
It was at a small crag outside of Christchurch that Jaron would be introduced to the one thing he’d been missing; it only took a couple short 5.5’s for rock climbing to immediately become his central passion and pursuit. The vertical world gave him a sense of solace, focus, and connection to nature in a way that he’d always craved.
For much of his early twenties, Jaron continued travelling the world and climbing as much as he could. He spent a couple years working for a non-profit in New Zealand, helping to organize and lead humanitarian relief groups throughout Asia. These trips gave him multiple opportunities to experience the local climbing areas and mountains of India, Laos, and Nepal. Between visits to Asia, Jaron wasted many days wandering limestone boulder fields in the Southern Alps or clipping bolts next to the Pacific Ocean.
After two years overseas Jaron returned home to British Columbia. And as all sport climbers ought to do, he began trad climbing. A new fire was lit. He quit his job, shoved his climbing gear and a sleeping bag into his trusty 1989 Honda sedan, and set off. In his sights were places like Squamish, Indian Creek, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite Valley. These dirtbag days solidified a big love for big days on big walls, and a sincere appreciation for the climbing community he now called his own.
Currently, Jaron lives in Squamish BC. He’s since upgraded from the ol’ Honda, and now putters around town in his rusty Chevy Astro, El Chancho Cohete. Besides being a climber, he is also a photographer, creative, carpenter, and musician. And though he is 6’2 and can’t dunk, he still has some serious hoop dreams. You may find Jaron wandering the forests, climbing rocks with his friends, or chasing light through his camera lens…or you just might even catch him with his wheels pointed south, headed for the Valley.