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Kristoffer Erickson

Kristoffer Erickson


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Date Of Birth: April 16

Hometown: Livingston, MT

Current Location: Chamonix, FR

Favorite Zone: Aiguilles des Chamonix

Proudest Achievement: 1st descent of El Scudo on Huascaran

Favorite Advocacy Org: Access Fund


Biography

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As a kid growing up in Montana along the Canadian border, skiing was my initial pass into the mountains. Then as a teenager, I was introduced to climbing and the world of the greater mountains became a whole new playground. During my early twenties, alpinism was the fire that kept me motivated, but it wasn't until my introduction to the combination of alpinism and skiing big lines in the remote mountains of the world that I truly found the best of both worlds. Armed with a degree in Photography and a passion for adventure, I created a life of pursuing the most challenging goals I could find. After two decades of exploring and developing first ascents and descents throughout the world's greatest mountain ranges, I'm happy to spend less time seeking the most difficult of mountain pursuits in favor of sharing my experience with those less skilled. Now as an IFMGA mountain guide living in the heart of the Alps I'm enjoying my expansive backyard and travelling regularly to Morocco, Antarctica, the Himalaya, the Andes and recently the Fjords of Norway and Greenland.


Q & A

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  1. How did you get involved with your respective sport?: Inspiration from mentors helps everyone to achieve their full potential and for me it was the influence and teaching of Alex Lowe that initially showed me how to combine the skills of alpinism with my root love of skiing. Alex opened my eyes to exploration and what could exist rather than what had been done. He showed me not only what it meant to train and pursue goals but to build a career from a life in the mountains. And above all he showed me that the one having the most fun is the one that truly wins.
  2. Who were your influences early in life?: Scot Schmidt, Alex Lowe, Patrick Vallençant, Conrad Anker, Andrew Mclean, Mark Twight.
  3. What draws you to the outdoors?: Fish have to swim, birds have to fly. Spending time in the mountains has just become something that's part of what I need to do.
  4. What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: To me SCARPA represents quality craftsmanship and design. Their footwear always fits me and the brand is always innovating and improving.
  5. Why do you trust SCARPA products?: From my first pair of SCARPA Laser's in the 90's to the current Maestrale R, Phantom's, Vapor V's or any of the other shoes I put on my feet, they fit and excel with performance and have for decades.
  6. What gets you out of bed on big days?: I spend almost all of my days either working or training in the mountains but it's the big days, the personal projects, when I can unleash the full potential that really gets me excited.
  7. What is your best excuse for skipping training?: I'm still trying to learn how to train.
  8. Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Fruit smoothie!
  9. If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: Back in the 90's when I was approaching ice routes in the Canadian Rockies it was always heavy metal but now I'm more in dance, world or hiphop. It needs it to be groovy.
  10. What's the last movie that made you cry?:
  11. What's your dream trip or expedition?: A month on a sailboat along the Antarctic Peninsula with a motivated crew of friends.
  12. What makes a good adventure partner?: Someone with humility, experience, and motivation.
  13. Two truths and a lie: Despite being a bit of hick from Montana, I have residency in both France and Morocco. l speak a little of six languages poorly but really only understand one. I'm as old as I act wink-

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