Taylor grew up in Arlington, TX before moving to Austin in 2001 to attend the University of Texas… Hook ‘em! As a child, his love for the outdoors was developed during summers at Camp Rio Vista in the Texas Hill Country, along with yearly family ski trips to Colorado and numerous hunting and camping trips with his dad. While a student at UT, he was fortunate to cultivate a love for travel and adventure by studying in Argentina, capitalizing on the opportunity to learn Spanish and engulfing himself in a foreign culture. After graduation, Taylor sought and found employment at the Whole Foods Market World Headquarters, where he works as a Supply Chain Analyst. Wanting to positively impact the lives of youth by teaching the clean and healthy lifestyle of climbing, Taylor went exploring for the perfect opportunity. Thanks to a call made to the REI Community Outreach Coordinator, Taylor was informed about Explore Austin’s six year mentoring program by local legend, Ky Harkey. Taylor currently lives with his beautiful partner, Bonnie, and their excitable but well-trained Australian Shepherd, Biscuit. Oh, and her cat Penelope. When not travelling the country searching for new rocks to climb, they can be found wearing smiles, running the trails and climbing the crags on the Barton Creek Greenbelt.