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Five Questions With Climber Gordon McArthur

Author: Outdoor Research

October 14, 2013

Our athletes and ambassadors shred gnar and send hard lines, but there’s much more behind the scenes: other careers, balancing family life, creating art, giving back. To dig deeper into the adventure lifestyle, we’ve created Five Questions, an ongoing feature asking OR athletes the hard questions. And sometimes more than just five.

How did you get started climbing?

Back in high school, a guy taught a leadership class in a climbing gym. I was fully hooked within the first five minutes.

What keeps you climbing? 

I keep climbing because without it, any aspect of it, it’s almost as if I’m short of breath. Aside from being a Christian, nothing has ever pushed me so hard and so far before, constantly challenging me in ways that keep me wanting more.

What is your typical day/week schedule? 

Chaos: Climb, train, eat, play with daughters, date night with wife, travel, train, climb more, repeat.

Finish this sentence: In high school, I was … lost. 

Any advice to young people getting started in your sport? 

Yup, try…and try hard. Train, push, learn, listen, crush, and then clip the chains.

Favorite place on the planet? 

My own backyard.

If you could leave aspiring athletes with one important piece of life advice or words of wisdom, what would it be? 

Don’t stop believing, even when it gets hard.

What are you looking forward to this year?

Competing at the Olympics.

What’s your favorite piece of OR gear?

The Vantage pant and Radiant hoody.

Where do you live now and why? 

Cranbrook, BC, because it’s right in the middle of it all.

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