Karl Rittger is from Hunterdon County, New Jersey where he was voted most athletic for 4 years in high school where he wrestled, played football and lacrosse. He attended Brown University in Providence Rhode Island where he received a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Physics - Mathematics. At Brown he wrestled Division I and his senior year he was a NCAA qualifier. After Brown, Karl moved to Vail, Colorado where he lived the ski bum life. He skied over 100 days a year before moving to Santa Barbara where he earned his Masters and PhD in Environmental Science and Management studying snow hydrology. Currently he works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
With his free time Karl mountain bikes, rock climbs, and snowboards/skies both inbounds and in the back country. He has recently started racing mountain bikes. Karl enjoys both sport climbing and traditional climbing but his favorite is multi pitch traditional climbing. Skiing provides both a recreational activity for Karl as well as allowing him to do field work related to his job.
For climbing Karl always throws a few Vitalyte raspberry chia surges in his pack along with a few peanut butter chocolate chia bars. He's been known to pass them out to bonking climbers. Before racing Karl fuels up mandarin orange tri-phase endurance while sipping on natural lemonade electrolyte replacement during the race.