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Roger Strong

Biography

Roger grew up in Denver, Colorado scrambling up peaks and skiing with his family. After high school, he pursued commercial fishing to allow time to follow his passions in the mountains. A 20 year career as the Captain of a crab-fishing vessel in the Bering Sea, Alaska allowed him to Rock and Ice climb 6-8 months a year all over the globe and eventually led to his dream job as a sales rep in the outdoor industry focusing on Arc’teryx. Roj lives in Seattle, Washington and is one of the leading activists in modern mixed climbing in the Pacific Northwest. His first ascent of Guru, Washington’s first M9, a couple of years ago and most recently, Ghost Dog, that state’s first M11, has inspired new attitudes towards the Northwest’s fickle winter season. Roger has climbed in Spain, Mexico, Canada, Alaska and all over the Western United States and red-pointed the Cineplex test pieces, Rocky Mountain Horror Show (M11+) and Musashi (M12), In Alberta, Canada.

He has established big wall test pieces, Rock, alpine, Ice, Mixed and ski mountaineering routes all over the Western United States, Canada and Alaska, and loves being on anything vertical for long periods of time. Along with Rob Owens and Sean Isaac, the support of the Arcteryx Evolution-in-Action Grant and Mugs Stump Award, they established a difficult new route up the North Face of Kichatna Spire, calling it The Voice of Unreason.

Roger attributes any success he has in the mountains to the basis he has gained from the rigors of crab fishing and his close relationships with climbing partners, including his wife Merridy and many friends. Roger also confides that more important than the difficulties or ratings that attracts his pursuits, is the freedom and experience you have while getting there, believing there is no such thing as failure.