Climbing with Joe Stock

| July 15, 2009

One of the great things about living in Salt Lake City, or at least nearby, is that it is both a north/south and east/west crossroads of recreation.  Because of this, a lot of people stop by on their way to and from other destinations to go climbing, skiing or biking and come fully loaded with all of their toys.  Such was the case yesterday when Joe Stock passed through on his way from Anchorage down to Red Rocks where he is going to take (and pass) his AMGA rock climbing exam.

Come on Joe - at least try to look scared. JS near the top of Pentapitch.

I’ve known of Joe for a few years as he often goes on trips where skiing is a means to a bigger goal of general exploration, which is something I like as well.  Joe has also won two Hans Saari Exploration Grants, of which I am on the selection committee.  At one point, there was some discussion about whether or not we could keep awarding the same person grants year after year, but it came down to Joe consistently putting together innovative, safe trips with an excellent success rate and follow up, so it was an easy choice to allow it.  In the climbing world, Mike Libecki is kind of the same thing, with cool trips, well written proposals and very well thought out expeditions, which is probably why he has won so many grants and seen so much of the world.

Joe only had a few hours to go climbing, which was enough for an outing to the Pentapitch area in Little Cottonwood.  I was psyched to see that he shared the Alpinist climbing attitude of efficiency over etiquette and we were able to rack up a bunch of pitches in a short time.

"I'll ski that for a dollar."

The rock exam is Joe’s last discipline (Skiing, Alpine & Rock) before he becomes a full-blown AMGA guide which means he will be able to guide anywhere in the world, including his backyard, Alaska.  If you are looking for a guy to organize a trip to some remote corner of the world and break trail with a smile, check him out.

Joe’s website –

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. AK says:

    what does this mean? “I was psyched to see that he shared the Alpinist climbing attitude of efficiency over etiquette”

  2. Andrew says:

    Just the idea of climbing for the sake of climbing and not worrying about who led what pitch, top roping vs. leading, or really even what route you are on – just go out and climb.

  3. Charlie says:

    Andrew – your webpage’s header appears to have gotten hacked.

  4. Andrew says:

    Hi Charlie – Thanks for the heads up. Pretty sweet, eh? :) I hate these guys, but will see about fixing it. In the meantime, do a little on-line gambling while you purchase Viagra.

  5. nohow says:

    WTF! Where did the spam go? Now how will I get the boost us ‘little’ guys need?

  6. Rob says:

    Hey Andrew,

    Good seeing you up there that day. did the shot you took of Abbey turn out? she did end up getting it clean, and even punched it a bit to the chains.

    only 3 months until that magical tilt of the globe puts us back in the white.

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