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Shane Messer

Shane Messer


Climb

Date Of Birth: 02/19/1986

Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

Current Location: Boston, MA

Favorite Zone: Anywhere in the Southeast, Spain, the New, or the Red.

Proudest Achievement: Busted Shadow Sit V13. This problem stole a year of my life when I blew out my left middle finger on it in 2012. Came back for revenge.

Favorite Advocacy Org: The Access Fund


Q & A

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  1. How did you get involved with your respective sport? : I had a double kidney failure when I was 18 and was looking for something fun to get me back in shape. I owe my life to this sport.
  2. Who were your influences early in life?: My dad 100%. I had a rough childhood but he taught me to keep my head up and to work hard so my son wouldn’t have to grow up the same way.
  3. What draws you to the outdoors? : The outdoors is the place that keeps me sane. I spend so much time training in a gym that it’s a real break from reality. It’s definitely my escape from the day to day climbing gym grind.
  4. What do you like about SCARPA as a brand? : Scarpa to me, is the pinnacle of performance in climbing footwear. The brand and that history that comes with it is so interesting. I love that they continue to try and push the sport forward through the merger of Craftsmanship and technology.
  5. Why do you like/trust SCARPA products (in general, not product specific)?: For the first time in my climbing career, I don’t wonder if my feet are going to stay on when I'm at the crux move on a route or problem. If i’m going to fail it’s because of ME not the products I choose to use and that’s why I know scarpa is perfect for my feet!
  6. What gets you out of bed on big days?: My wife, son, and job. I love them all!
  7. What is your best excuse for skipping training?: Catching my next flight!
  8. Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Water
  9. If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be? : “Right above it” Lil Wayne
  10. What’s the last movie that made you cry?: Collateral Beauty
  11. What’s your dream trip or expedition? : I think I’d really like to climb Annapurna south. Nothing crazy but it sure is a pretty mountain!
  12. What makes a good skiing/climbing/running/hiking partner?: Someone who shows up on time and doesn’t bail on you for the 5:30am training session.
  13. Two truths and a lie : I love chocolate cake, I love 5am training sessions, I don’t enjoy sitting still…

Favorite Scarpa Products

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Favorite Scarpa Products

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From The Scarpa Blog

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From The Scarpa Blog

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