Ep. 1 - Progressing and Finding Longevity in Ice Climbing with Patrick Cooke
Oct 4, 2023
In this episode with Patrick Cooke, we talk about progressing in ice climbing with longevity in mind, mental tricks and training, and balancing mentorship with figuring things out for yourself.
Patrick is based in the Northeast and has been climbing for nearly 20 years. During that time he has ticked hard classics all over New England, the Canadian Rockies, Québec, Scotland, and Hyalite Canyon. Some of his proud sends include Call of the Wild at Lake Willoughby in Vermont. Omega at Cannon Cliff in New Hampshire, and he was part of the first free ascent team for The Resistance, a 5-pitch M10 on Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
Patrick is especially drawn to thin technical routes, weird mixed lines, and has begun to embrace more sport-styled mixed climbing over the past few years. In his coaching, he focuses especially on head game strategies.
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During the episode, we talk about Patrick teaming up with Jon Nicolodi on two first ascents during the winter of 2022: The Resistance and the upper pitches of Across the Great Divide, both in New Hampshire. You can read more about these climbs in this article on Alpinist online.
Intro music by Hannah Noelle Enomoto (thanks, sis!)
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