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5 Questions with New SCARPA Athlete Sean McColl

Jan. 19th 2016

Sean McColl needs no introduction. He’s one of the world’s most prolific climbers with an incredible resume both indoors and out. And we’re incredibly excited to announce that Sean has joined the SCARPA global athlete team in 2016, further establishing SCARPA as the go-to rock shoe brand for performance-driven climbers. We caught up with Sean to chat about climbing, training, his future goals, and the new SCARPA-Sean McColl partnership.

Sean McColl works a boulder problem in Squamish BC.

Sean McColl works a boulder problem in Squamish BC. Photo: Matt Johnson

What and where have you been climbing recently?

I was just recently climbing in Bishop, CA, for a couple weeks in December. I came extremely close to sending “Lucid Dreaming” (V15, 8C) but couldn’t complete it after having some skin issues. I had some really great tries and was very happy with the progress I made.

Why were you drawn to SCARPA rock shoes and the SCARPA brand?

I have always admired SCARPA’s climbing shoes, and they have recently been popping up more and more on the international circuit. I have also heard very positive things about the company from other athletes. I am excited to join the team and help grow the brand.

What shoe or shoes are you most excited to climb with?

I am most excited to try out the Instinct VS as I see that the most on the circuit. I am also eager to try out the Booster S, the Furia, the Boostic and the Stix. Between those shoes and maybe some others, I’m sure I’ll be able to find a recipe for every style of terrain.

What about climbing inspires you these days?

The thing I love most about rock climbing is the versatility of the athletes and their ability to perform on any type of terrain using moves of any style. The skill of problem solving also cannot be overlooked. Winning competitions doesn’t just come down to raw strength anymore. It is a balance between training, strength, versatility, problem solving, mental prowess, and determination.

How will those inspirations shape your climbing in the coming years?

I look to improve my climbing ability every season, and this year is no different. I’ve adapted my training to incorporate 30 different exercises from the Olympic Training Centre in Canada. I love doing interesting things for training. It helps make every year is different from the rest. One of the biggest long term goals over the coming years will be the Olympic Games. I hope sport climbing is added, and I plan to give 100% to be selected for Canada.

Sean McColl finds dry rock in wintery Squamish.

Sean McColl finds dry rock in wintery Squamish. Photo: Matt Johnson

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