What did you take away from it?
Gadd helped me analyze my accident, which I found incredibly empowering and useful. We were moving quickly, through no fault of my partners, I was rushing and not attentive. I was letting my ego get the better of me against my better judgement and I was pulling back on blocks, which you don’t want to do when you’re scrambling. I moved quickly into technical terrain, and, I didn’t respect the skill development, both technical and physical, required to move in alpine terrain.
Will you be attempting more technical ridge runs in the future?
I have already gone back into technical terrain, and, I am enjoying the process of learning how to be a better alpine and rock climber. The line in Rogers Pass is a beautiful line and I would love to go back there and move through the terrain in a slightly slower way with a group of friends. I tried to go back this fall, but an early snowfall made the route a bit too dangerous to attempt, so we backed down.
Name a climber whose style you look up to.
As an Arc’teryx athlete, I have been fortunate to meet a number of amazing climbers on the roster. I respect Jon Siegrist’s methodical approach to sport climbing and I have been incredibly lucky to have spent a number of day’s climbing, or skiing, with Jon Walsh and Raphael Slawinski. The fact that they have maintained a youthful stoke for hard alpine climbing for as long as they have is admirable. Of course, Kilian Jornet is a big influence on the mountain running scene. I have been able to race and train with him a few times over the years and his vision, world-class talent, intelligence and humility are truly inspiring.
Advice for young runners pushing it on exposed terrain?
I would strongly advise that you learn how to climb with a rope before you start moving on technical terrain. Go out and take a course and learn how to move safely. Climbing in a gym won’t cut it, you have to go outside. If you’re going to be going out in the mountains in winter, take an avalanche skills training course. Knowing and being able to identify avalanche terrain and hazards is a critical skill. For young climbers, I would advocate trying a bit of cross-country running or a trail race. Your ability to move through natural terrain is an amazing skill set that transfers well to running. Plus, being able to run approaches can cut down on how long you have to spend out there.—Gripped
Above: Adam Campbell on the first ascent of Homage to the Warden 5.6 300 m