Meet Christian Weaver, a business analyst at Liberty Mountain.
My road to Liberty Mountain started with a family that loved the outdoors. I grew up in Southern Utah with a father who was into canyoneering before it was even a thing. Back then, my father simply called it ‘hiking’. It was not uncommon for him to try descending a random ‘depression’ that he found on a topographical map of Southern Utah. I accompanied my father on several of his explorations of random slot canyons.
My family also had a tradition where at eight years of age we got to go on an overnight hike with our father. The first overnight backpacking trip I went on was the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park. I have continued that tradition with my oldest two boys and taken them both down the same trail for their first overnight trip.
It wasn’t until High School that I got into climbing. I really did not know anyone who climbed, so my friends and I would often go to the local outdoor store, ask a lot of questions and then buy the gear that we thought we needed. This may have not been the best approach. I recall climbing my first lead on a route with 18 bolts and using just 4 quick draws. Without any climbing mentors, my learning curve was obviously steep. In some ways I think I was very fortunate to make it into my 20’s.
Since graduating school, I have returned to Utah where I continue to climb and camp with my family, and drag my awesome (and very brave) friends down a slot canyon or two. My love of outdoor adventures is what drew me to and keeps me at Liberty Mountain.
Years working for Liberty Mountain: Almost 4
Job title: Business Analyst
What you do at Liberty Mountain: I provide operational analysis and reporting
Activities/hobbies: Climbing (Sport, Trad, Bouldering), Backpacking, Soccer, Softball and Watching the Bachelorette
Favorite activity: Canyoneering
Favorite outdoor areas: Utah sucks, don’t come here! Especially do not visit Zion National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument or City of Rocks (Idaho)
Most interesting place ever lived: St. George, Utah
Least interesting place ever lived: Las Vegas, Nevada
Top-five favorite movies: Snatch, Fight Club, Exit through the Gift Shop, Green Street Hooligans, Goonies
Top-five favorite books: Freakonomics, The Baseball Codes, The World Is Flat, Soccernomics, The Rock Climber’s Training Manual
Top-five favorite bands: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty & the Heart Breakers, Unwritten Law, Deftones, Perfect Circle… “Van Halen, not Van Hagar”
Inspirational Hero: My Father
Inspirational quote: “Thoughts arrive like butterflies. Oh he don't know. So he chases them away.” -Eddie V.
Dream vacation: Kauai, Hawaii with my hot wife!
Cake or pie: Brownies