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Edelweiss Athlete - Scott Bennett


 


Despite being born and raised in the flatlands of Michigan, and first getting a taste of rock climbing while at school in Ohio, Scott Bennett has always been drawn to the mountains. Family road trips to Devil's Tower, the Grand Tetons, and Yosemite left him with no doubt that, as soon as he had the chance, he'd be moving west.

Now based in Boulder, Colorado, the 28 year old alpinist has finally begun to feel at home in the mountains of his childhood dreams. Beyond his beloved Front Range, the hallowed venues of Argentine Patagonia, British Columbia's Waddington range, and the Alaska range have beckoned. In the past three years, he's opened eight major new routes in those ranges, all in his preferred lightweight, ground-up style.

His bottomless pool of energy shows no signs of drying up, even as youthful audacity gives way to thoughtful experience. Keep your eye out for Scott at the crags of the Western US, as well as the Greater Ranges.

Mountain Resume

  • First ascent of Bossanova (5.12 A1), West Face, Aguja Guillamet, Patagonia
  • First ascent of Rimestorm Cowboys (WI5+ M6), Perfil de Indio, Patagonia
  • First ascent of Changi Tower (6,500m) by the North Ridge (M6 5.10 A2, 600m), Karakoram, Pakistan
  • First ascent of Southwest Ridge (M6 90 degrees, 1,800m) of K6 (7,040m)
  • Winner of the American Alpine Club’s 2013 Robert Hicks Bates Award for “Outstanding achievement by a young climber”
  • Numerous first ascents in Patagonia with Blake Herrington:
    • First ascent of Las Vent’uras (5.11, A1, 450m), West Face of Guillamet, Patagonia 
    • FFA of Cosas Patagonicas (5.11+, 600m), West Face of Mermoz, Patagonia 
    • FA of the Pollone Traverse (5.11+, 650m), for the first integral ascent of Cerro Pollone, Patagonia
  • First ascent of Manos al Cielo (5.11, 450m), which is the first free ascent of the West Face of Guillamet, Patagonia
  • First ascent of the North Pillar Sit Start (5.11, A1, 2000m) Cerro Fitz Roy, Patagonia 
  • First ascents on in the Waddington range of British Columbia: Incog-neato (5.10  A1 400m) on the Blade and The Canadian Club (5.11, 500m) on the Stilletto. (http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web12x/newswire-waddington)
  • First ascent of East Buttress of the Angel (5.10, 1000m, 50deg) in Alaska’s Revelation mountains.