James has been coming to New Vision with his family since 2019. He shared, "from my first day walking through the door, I felt so welcomed and valued. I knew then that they were the kind of people who turn strangers, quickly and earnestly, into family. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to welcome newcomers like they welcomed me." James has been climbing since 2015. "I have found great solace and so much joy in Bouldering. For me, Bouldering is an invaluable gift, something that extends beyond the sport into every facet of life. I feel so blessed and excited at the idea of being able to share this gift with others."
James describes himself as enthusiastic. In his free time he enjoys bouldering, mountain biking, yoga, cooking (Thai cuisine especially), fly fishing, running, hiking, soccer, playing with his Siberian huskies, playing Overwatch on PS4, and watching Formula 1 Racing. James suffered two severe back injuries during my time as a soccer player. He shared, "I spent what felt like two eternities in rehabilitation. However, after both injuries, I managed not only to return to my former physical prowess, but to actually return stronger and with more drive and devotion to function as the greatest version of myself. Those years have developed intense resolve and character I could not have achieved any other way." James is an assistant coach with the Jackson County Youth Soccer Club and a Nantahala Area SORBA member.