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Be a Climber


Pursue. Encourage. Do.

a campaign from Trango

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Be a Climber


Pursue. Encourage. Do.

a campaign from Trango

What Does It Mean To Be a Climber?

Let’s make climbers the group that’s known for inclusiveness and support. Let’s enable each other to make a positive impact. Let’s focus on what we’re for. Instead of being “anti,” let’s be “pro.” At Trango we’re all for personal growth, reward and achievement. We’re all for stewardship, responsible development, and access. Whatever discipline(s) you love, and whatever grade you climb, we’re all for you.

If you’re psyched on this concept, participate! We've created this site as a sounding board to celebrate climbers who pursue their craft with passion, contribute to the community, and embody what it means to Be A Climber. And most importantly, we’ve made it to inspire you to pursue, encourage, and do in your own community. 

Get Involved!

Do you know someone who is a positive force in your own climbing community? Tell us about them! This month, we’re accepting nominations for climbers who exemplify the Be a Climber ethos. We’ll select three lucky nominees as winners and they will receive a prize package and be featured on this site.

Know someone who fits the bill? nominate them below!

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redpoints and rebolting


the weekend warrior finds ways to give back

redpoints and rebolting


the weekend warrior finds ways to give back

Jason Haas

A full-time job and family of four have not slowed down Jason Haas' passion for climbing. On any given weekend, you'll find him waging war on new projects, test pieces, and first ascents throughout Colorado's Front Range. Pre-work dawn patrol and Tuesday evening garage bouldering sessions bookend days spent at work and hours publishing climbing's newest guidebooks. That alone merits respect from aspiring crushers, but he doesn't stop there. While balancing a busy work, family, and climbing schedule, Jason takes time out to pour into the community that has given him so much through extensive rebolting initiatives. Jason works with several local climbing organizations to direct the bolting and rebolting of many Colorado crags. 

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the community builder


the community builder


Dom Pascariello

About Dom

"Dom is the GM at Ubergrippen and he has taken a lead in our facility to reach out to multiple organizations that we would love to make a positive impact on. These include Paradox, NSCD, Equiniox Counceling (serving troubled teens in our local area), and Boulder Climbing Community to list a few. He is organizing our members and staff for trail maintenance initiatives and he works closely with the non-profits that serve our local community to find ways to come to our "urban crag" at Ubergrippen and climb! Dom is forever an instructor teaching countless individuals on basic climbing and belaying skills. When he is not working at UG and supporting the climbing community, Dom is out with his friends crushing local climbs as he learns his way around the front range (a recent transplant from Boston in search of a better life out west). "  Submitted by Jake Crine

Dom's thoughts on #BeaClimber 

"The most exciting thing to me about climbing is the never ending progression in the sport. Learn to top rope, then lead, then go outside, then start alpine climbing, then explore the world...the possibilities are endless! Teaching climbers the skills they need to build a solid foundation always has a positive return as an instructor. When you begin to see your students progress in the sport and within the community is when you really feel accomplished. Participating in climbing groups, trips, trail clean ups, and adaptive climbing programs are all things that highlight the climbing culture for me. To #beaclimber means to be connected on a deeper level with the people you climb with, and the places you climb."  by nominee Dom Pascariello

 

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the motivated mentor


the motivated mentor


Andrew Hunzicker

About Andrew

"Andrew is possibly the single most optimistic climber that I know. Everyone at Smith Rock loves him! He is motivated, persistent, driven, and above all, he encourages others and helps them to succeed more than himself. In his own right, he has climbed his first 5.14 at 53 years old and is constantly training for bigger objectives while juggling raising 3 kids, being a CFO, helping his wife to start her own small business, and being an integral part of the Smith Rock community.  He shows up at the crag an hour early because he was just too psyched to not be there. He has his own projects, but he is always wondering what you want to get on, and encourages you to get on new and challenging routes." Submitted by Crit Conrad

Andrew's thoughts on #BeaClimber 

"I’m sure I could ramble on for hours.   40 years ago, it was all about danger, and adventure and excitement and breaking rules, trad, which wasn’t named yet, and having fun.  Living out of a truck, dirt bagging, travel all the time.  At some point, it was about getting up a big wall.  In 2000, it was a way my wife got me out of my accounting  “work chair” and helped me go from being very unhealthy 205 and back down to 150.  Then it was about our mentoring program and meeting amazing mentors and kids, and sharing my passion. Then it was trying to be an example and show them if I could make a come back it couldn’t be too hard for them, or at least a way for them to forget about all the crap going on in their home life for a while.  More recently it was/is all about projecting, trying impossible routes, and trying other impossible routes before I completed the first ones, and then more, until now I have a list that is too long even for a young guy.  I always loved the excitement of going to a new area or a new route, making friends from all over the world, being part of a really unique “tribe” of misfits, seeing so many places that would never be in a “tour guide".  In the last year I finally got a coach of my own (Steve Bechtel) so that is a wonderful new experience as well.  Climbing's been the one “lifelong” thread for me, and in many ways its a completely useless endeavor, but in other ways it has been everything for me.  "  by nominee Andrew Hunzicker

 

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JOIN US


JOIN US


You Can Be a Climber Too

This isn’t just about community activism; it’s about inclusiveness and support. It’s about building others up. Your relationships and interactions with others are the biggest opportunity you have to Be A Climber. You don’t have to love bouldering. You don’t have to love trad climbing. You don’t have to climb 5.13. But when you’re in your element you can still cheer on others who are in their own element. Ultimately we’re not pursuing a grade, or a bad-ass badge, or a speed record. We’re pursuing a life that is filled with reward, friendships, and depth of experience. And when you zoom out a bit, you realize we really do all have the same goal, and it’s one worth supporting.