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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Meet John Proctor, Climbing Coach Turned Accountant

Apr. 25th 2014

John Proctor is something like a super hero: accountant by day, climbing coach by night. By day, John Proctor works with SCARPA in Boulder, Colo. as the accounting assistant. But a veteran climber of 10 years, with athletes like Alex Puccio on his coaching resumé, John sat down with us to talk about his past, his coaching experience and what working for SCARPA is really like. Here are the chapters of his life.

The Beginning

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Sarah Hart: Battling The Little Wolf

Apr. 17th 2014

Sarah Hart headed down to Patagonia this winter for some warm weather climbing with just a friend and some SCARPA gear. But it was a different trip than she was anticipating.

In June of 2012, I quit my desk job, packed my things into storage, and set off on what became an almost two-year climbing trip. But by January 2014, I could no longer ignore the fact that my bank account was quickly running dry, and I was going to need a job soon. To go out with a bang, I traveled to southern Patagonia for my fourth visit. If the previous Patagonia climbing season was to be any indication, I was pretty certain I’d be running hot laps up Fitz Roy in my tank top.

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Scott Bennett: The Highs and Lows of Climbing

Apr. 10th 2014

Scott Bennett, a professional climber, spent the last three months living and climbing in Southern Argentina. Upon arriving home, the only question he heard was “How was it?” But he has always had trouble answering the question, as the trips are too varied to be captured in a short response. Instead, he defines the low and high of his season here and lets you decide.

Low

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Photo Essay: On Winter Climbing In Scotland

Apr. 3rd 2014

Jon Walsh visited to the Scottish Highlands to sample their unique flavor of mixed climbing. In Scotland, the traditional approach to climbing is strongly maintained and the history of the climbs is well remembered. Modern ice climbing was developed here, and early prototypes by Yvon Chouinard and others were tested on the walls of Ben Nevis and surrounding area. These pictures embody Jon’s incredible trip and the masterful climbing that took place.

Jon Walsh climbs Craeg Meagaidh with accomplished climber Nick Bullock. (Photo: Nick Bullock)

Jon on Creag Meagaidh. It was the third ascent of Ekstacy VIII, 8, 250m. (Photo: Nick Bullock)

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Going for Speed: Josh Wharton Shatters The Diamond Record

Apr. 1st 2014
photo: John Dickey

More than a decade ago, Josh Wharton and Jonny Copp broke the speed record for climbing the Diamond, the 13,000-foot east face of Longs Peak in Colorado. It was a 14 hour roundtrip, from leaving their car and returning to it. He claims they weren’t trying, just trying to stay warm in the Colorado winter chill above timberline. Last year, young climbers beat their record and it was just the motivation Wharton needed to try again. Here is how he stole the title back… at least for a little while.

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