Gordon McArthur

Hometown: Cranbrook, BC
Current Transportation: Ford E150 Camperized Van, DR 650 Enduro Bike
Core Activities: Mixed climbing, ice climbing, rock climbing
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, Petzl, Scarpa, Julbo, Deuter, Wigwam
Favorite Places: The Bull River Canyon, Columbia Icefields, U'sine (a massive dry-tooling cave in France)
My Jam Is: Electronic beats
Fun Fact: Tennis was actually my pursuit in competition sports, and I hoped for it be my future...then climbing stepped in.

Gordon McArthur has been climbing for 16 years, but only in the last five have things really gone a lot deeper. “He says that even though we sleep, our desire does not,” says Gordon. “’It is who we are.’ We are desire. It is the essence of the human soul, the secret of our existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished without it. Desire fuels our search for the life we prize. The same old thing is not enough. It never will be.” Gordon lives, breathes and eats climbing, whether sport, mixed or ice. “When I am climbing, things feel right, smooth, like it was meant to be.” He lives in Cranbrook, BC and travel a lot, living out of his van and relishing the opportunity to see the world whilst living his dream. “Life is crazy, wrangling my kids, running my design business, and sharing life with my wife,” he says. “There’s never a dull moment and always a new adventure. It’s perfect, really.”

Does Climbing Success Mean Winning? Or Is It In The Process?

Gordon McArthur looks at his last year's climbing victories and decides going to his ultimate means something more. [Read More]

Coming Down From The Olympics

Gordon McArthur learns how to be in the moment both in comps and at home. [Read More]

How To Prep For Ice And Mixed Climbing Season

Gordon McArthur shares his training secrets for building strength and power—and achieving goals. [Read More]

On Display In Sochi

Gordon McArthur helps introduce the world to ice climbing at the Sochi Olympics. [Read More]

Gordon McArthur En Route To Sochi, Via Romania

Gordon learns he's ranked in the top 10 in the world, heads to Sochi to represent ice climbing in Olympic cultural event. [Read More]

Learning To “Just Do It”

Gordon McArthur learns to focus on the process and crushes at North American Championships. [Read More]

The Road To Sochi: Psyched And Smooth In Korea

Gordon McArthur turns in his best performance yet in the first round of the ice climbing World Cup. [Read More]

Focusing On Sochi

Gord McArthur takes a training tip from the samurai. [Read More]

Photos: Ice Climbing Canada’s Bull River Canyon

OR's Gordon McArthur calls Bull River his home crag. [Read More]

24/7: A Day In The Life Of A World-Class Mixed Climber

Gordon McArthur dishes on world cups and mowing the lawn [Read More]

Behind The Scenes At The Ice Climbing World Cup In Russia

OR's Gordon McArthur goes where no North American has gone for 10 years [Read More]

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