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Josh Wharton

Josh Wharton


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Date Of Birth: Feburary 2

Hometown: Nottingham, NH

Current Location: Estes Park, CO

Favorite Zone: Patagonia

Proudest Achievement: FAs in Trango Valley

Favorite Advocacy Org: Acces Fund


Biography

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I grew up in southern New Hampshire, biking, fishing, and exploring the woods. In my teens I fell in love with climbing, and life has never been the same. Although I'm best known for my alpine climbs, I truly love all genres of climbing; and gain motivation from the unique challenges and opportunities that each discipline provides. I've done a bit of everything; from onsight soloing the Eiger North Face, to first free ascents of some of Colorado's hardest multi-pitch rock routes, to V11 boulders, to scary Canadian Rockies alpine routes. I currently work as an Alpine Climbing Ambassador for Patagonia. A job which gives me ample time to climb and train, and help test some of the best climbing clothing available. My wife Erinn and I live in Estes Park; a beautiful mountain town that's among the best places in North America to access quality climbing of every variety. There are always inspiring climbs that keep me moving forward and working hard, but I recently added a new goal to my tick list; being a good father to our daughter Hera.


Q & A

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  1. How did you get involved with your respective sport?: My father was a climber in the 1950s and 60s, and he first introduced me to climbing, albeit in a very traditional, terrifying, shaking leg kind of way.
  2. Who were your influences early in life?: My parents; they always helped me pursue my passions. Jonny Copp and Mike Pennings also played a huge role in shaping my early climbing dreams, and ambitions.
  3. What draws you to the outdoors?: Lots of things, but I like exploring quiet peaceful places.
  4. What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: I think SCARPA stays true to it's core audiences.
  5. Why do you trust SCARPA products?: There is a focus on quality, and a tradition of fine craftsmanship, that's obvious with every product.
  6. What gets you out of bed on big days?:
  7. What is your best excuse for skipping training?: Really good outdoor climbing conditions.
  8. Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: A protein shake or a diet soda.
  9. If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: I watch a bunch of football and basketball, but baseball is terrible.
  10. What's the last movie that made you cry?: Formulaic sports flicks always hit me.
  11. What's your dream trip or expedition?: Big, remote, beautiful mountain, with good friends, and rad basecamp bouldering. Followed by a first ascent packed with adventure and difficult technical free climbing in every genre.
  12. What makes a good adventure partner?: Motivated, and likes a good laugh. Quality Micro-traxion skills are a bonus too.
  13. Two truths and a lie: Truth feels hard to come by these days...

Favorite Scarpa Products

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