Ambassador Spotlight | Miriam Borgstrom

Miriam Borgstrom rock climbing butora ambassador

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV and Salt Lake City, UT

Q: What’s your climbing style?
A: I enjoy bouldering inside and out.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in climbing, and outside of climbing?
A: This year I went from climbing V3 outside to V7. My favorite V7s were Buried Alive and The Dirty Rail in Red Rock Canyon (a photo of The Dirty Rail send made it in Climbing magazine’s September/October re-gram feature). Outside of climbing, Dancing Girl Press will be publishing my poetry chapbook next fall.

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Ambassador Spotlight | Nat Baird

Nat Baird Rock climbing

 

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Q: What’s your climbing style?
A: Sport.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in climbing, and outside of climbing?
A: My proudest accomplishment in climbing is probably being a part of The Climbing Academy. I am so stoked to be apart of such an amazing congruence of both kids and adults. My biggest accomplishment outside of climbing is probably pushing myself in the classroom and getting good grades. Although this isn’t that large, I am still very happy that I am able to stay motivated inside and outside of the classroom.

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Ambassador Spotlight | Kerry Scott

Kerry Scott Rock climbing

Hometown: Rockville, Maryland

Q: What’s your climbing style?
A: Sloth-like and technical

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in climbing, and outside of climbing?
A: I would have to say Proper Soul is my proudest accomplishment in climbing. I had been dreaming about that route for so many years before I was ready to try it. It was also my first 5.14a, so I’ll remember that forever! In non-climbing, Surviving Real Analysis at UNC. I have never worked that hard in a class before in my life, and it was really rewarding to learn the material.

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Ambassador Spotlight | Sam Enright

 

Sam Enright Rock Climbing

Hometown: Reading, Massachusetts

Q: What’s your climbing style?
A: Power on pinches/edges

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in climbing, and outside of climbing?
A: Sending The Shield (V12) when I was 16 is up there. It is not the hardest boulder I’ve done but definitely the most memorable. Outside of climbing, I did a few kickflips in my life.

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Ambassador Spotlight | Matthew Carpenter

Matthew Matt Carpenter

Hometown: Fayetteville, West Virginia

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in climbing, and outside of climbing?

A: My proudest climbing accomplishment is the sheer volume of features I have climbed and the experience I have gained from the mountains. I’m more proud of the hundreds of 5.10 routes I have climbed all over the world than I am of the few 5.13 climbs I have managed to pull off. Outside of climbing, I am proud of all the students’ lives I have affected in my career as a science teacher in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Nothing makes me more proud than knowing I helped prepare students that are currently in medical school.

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Quick Tips | Steep Footwork

rock climbing techniques, bouldering techniques, steep footwork

Given that the most talented climbers of the 1980’s honed their skills on the polished vertical granite walls of Yosemite and the hyper-technical limestone of southern France, it is no surprise that a belief that dynamic climbing was inefficient was widely held.
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