Known for his pure climbing style as much as his mustache, Keenan Takahashi is pushing the limits of bouldering and sport climbing. Born and raised in the flat central valley town of Davis, California, Keenan eventually made his way into Rocknasium, the Davis climbing gym, where he began his obsession with climbing. Shortly thereafter, Keenan climbed outside at the Nut Tree Boulders in Vacaville, CA. He was hooked.

Fast forward a few years and Keenan began studying Earth Science at UCSC. With his studies limiting his time for climbing, he decided to pursue an internship in Yosemite National Park, studying talus morphology with the park geology staff. During this time, he discovered the still limitless potential for new climbs in Yosemite National Park. Upon finishing his internship he began a job in the park monitoring air and water quality for the National Parks Service. Over the next three seasons, Keenan claimed the first ascents of over ten double digit boulder problems. Today, Keenan’s self described “progression obsession” pushes him to explore new lines all over the world. Outside of climbing Keenan practices mindfulness meditation, soaks up culture and tries to appreciate the small things.


Tick List

Coup De Grace (5.14d) - Val Bavona, Switzerland 

Hokusai’s Wave (V12, FA) Roy, NM

Terminus (V12, FA) Bishop, CA

The Nest (V15) Red Rocks, NV

Kintsugi (V15) Red Rocks, NV

Hoto (V14, FA) Mount Mizugaki, JP

Asagimadara (V15) Mount Mizugaki, JP

The Outer Limits (V15) Lake Tahoe, NV


Passion Project

Keenan is passionate about travel and culture. In his free time he enjoys learning new languages, cooking, photography and reading.

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