Why I Climb – Jack Masel

As kids we climb things all the time, it seems odd to me that as we get older most of us decide to stop. At that young age there is no ‘why’ to climbing, I think it’s pretty instinctual – it certainly felt that way for me.

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that some of my closest friends, fondest memories, craziest adventures and greatest achievements have come about as a result of climbing and the people who share my passion for it.


Jack climbing an unnamed v4 at Copper Rocks near Dunsborough in WA. image by Logan Barber

Having a sport that not only challenges me physically and mentally but also one that encourages me to travel to amazing places, get off the beaten track, meet new people, stay fit and healthy, and generally experience more than I otherwise would have – all while having the time of my life – is something I’m truly thankful for.

Irrespective of all that, the pure physicality of climbing itself, enjoying the movements and the knowledge that there’s a lifetime’s worth of inspiring and challenging routes out there for me to try is reason enough to keep at it.

We only have one life and climbing helps to fill mine with as many memorable people, places and moments as possible.
Jack Masel

Banner image: Jack on Golden Boy (13b/29), Red River Gorge, Kentucky, USA. Masel collection

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