An in­ter­view with the un­stop­pable Sean McColl

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n Sept. 14, 2014 com­men­ta­tors raved, “A stun­ning per for mance by the rock climber Sean McColl. We’ve never seen any­thing like it. Un­be­liev­able, this guy has never com­peted as a ninja be­fore. Holy smokes, Sean McColl, ever ybody.” McColl stunned judges, ath­letes and spec­ta­tors on the chal leng ing stage t wo of the Esquire Net­work’s now-fa­mous Within a decade of his f irst com­pe­ti­tion, McColl had won not only ever y ma­jor comp in rock climb­ing, but one of the most dif f icult cham­pi­onships in Amer­ica. Many peo­ple won­der, just how’d he do it?

McColl is one of Canada’s few pro­fes­sional rock climbers. At 27 years old, he has es­tab­lished him­self as a cut­ting-edge ath­lete. Born in Van­cou­ver, he found early suc­cess on Canada’s youth na­tional team. He won the gold medal in lead climb­ing in his age group at the 2002,

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