Member Spotlight: Dec 2014

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Rocky Johnson
Edgeworks Member since 2004

Rocky has been a member of the climbing community in large for a long, loooong time. His countless climbing achievements include being the very first Edgeworks member and also putting up the classic “Rogers Corner” at Index.

How did you start climbing?
Rocky: I started climbing in the 1950s. No really sure of the date: time really didn’t matter to a kid. Started scrambling (bouldering) on some rocks near my home in Denver. My scout troop had an advisor that was a great climber: Joe Stettner. He took us rock climbing on Longs Peak.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?
Rocky: Edgeworks provides a wonderful, fun community of like minded people who value vertical movement, Grace and Power. It is a place where I can connect to my love of climbing and in a remote way to the mountains.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?
Rocky: In alpine areas. Beautiful alpine peaks, rock and ice. There is nothing like immersing yourself in the alpine world and moving freely over sublime terrain. Rock peaks, glaciers, ridges, meadows and forest all have great appeal.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?
Rocky: Not sure where all the time goes.

What are some interesting facts that you’d like to share with the Edgeworks community?
Rocky: Climbed with Fred Beckey and Lief N. Patterson in the early 1970s, I met Gaston Rebuffat, Henry Barber, Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, Don Jensn, Mugs Stump, Jim Bridwell and countless other people with whom I share a bond: the bond of the rope.