Ice Climbing with Gordon McArthur

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In the next episode of the Rad Season Podcast Oli Russell-Cowan chats to professional Canadian ice climber Gordon McArthur. Ever since being introduced to climbing 24 years ago it has been his passion and obsession to climb whether it’s sport, mixed or ice climbing. He’s won the North American Ice Climbing Championships two years in a row in 2014 and 2015, went to the Olympics as a demonstration sport for ice climbing in Sochi and came 4th in the World Cup on one of the hardest dry-tooling routes in the world.

Gordon made his dream a reality and built his own climbing facility in his backyard in Cranbrook, British Colombia called ‘The Machine’. Balancing running a climbing gym, training, family life and traveling the world with Team Canada to compete in ice climbing, there’s never a dull moment.

Tune in to find out how Gordon got into climbing, his decision to come back out of retirement. As well as his favorite moments from traveling and competing and what projects are driving him at the moment.

‘Climbing is so much more about failure than success.  But once you get that taste of success, you’re drawn into the belief that the impossible is in fact attainable.’ 

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Oli Russell-Cowan

The concept for Rad Season came about when I was trekking around Latin America. I found it difficult to find cool events and festivals going on that were a bit different and had an element of adventure and general radness to them. I knew that there was always something rad worth going to somewhere in the world, but there was no single platform bringing them together for like-minded people. With over 15 years experience in international business development, spanning multiple industries including action sports, events, media, digital, ICT, travel and tourism, I decided to combine them all with Rad Season.


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