Gripped - - 10 QUESTIONS -

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

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