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Rob Pizem

Rob Pizem


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Date Of Birth: June 12

Hometown: Kirtland, OH

Current Location: Grand Junction

Favorite Zone: Zion National Park

Proudest Achievement: Thunderbird in Zion

Favorite Advocacy Org: AAC


Biography

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I began in Ohio, on top rope, on short sandstone cliffs, and afraid of heights. I have evolved into a bigwall-seeking first ascensionist who enjoys choosing the aesthetic line or a route that challenges my weaknesses. Zion National Park is my home away from home on the big, red, and sandy cliffs. I struggle to successfully manage my time between my wife and 2 boys, being a full-time high school science teacher and climbing. Each second outside is important to me be it in the sun, snow, or rain.


Q & A

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  1. How did you get involved with your respective sport?: My brother's friend introduced us when I was 18.
  2. Who were your influences early in life?: My father, he worked hard every day of his life as I attempt to follow in his footsteps.
  3. What draws you to the outdoors?: Few or no people. The wind, clouds, snow, rain and soil the trees/plants, wildlife, fresh air the adventure. I love everyday outside.
  4. What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: Pride in workmanship. Walk through the production line sometime in Italy and you will never buy another brand. You will always get a well built pair.
  5. Why do you trust SCARPA products?: I can depend upon each pair being made to spec.
  6. What gets you out of bed on big days?: The happy thought of being thrashed by the end of the day.
  7. What is your best excuse for skipping training?: As I get older, rest is necessary in order to perform at the highest level. But reality also kicks in and anything family related, especially playing with my sons.
  8. Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Water
  9. If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits
  10. What's the last movie that made you cry?: None
  11. What's your dream trip or expedition?: No rain in the Alps/Dolomites.
  12. What makes a good adventure partner?: On time and on the same page.
  13. Two truths and a lie: I hate training, I love the outdoors, Not all routes are worth climbing.

Favorite Scarpa Products

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