Scott Roberts, began working in the climbing industry in high school at the Ibex Climbing Centre in Kansas City. Right after high school he was a climbing guide for Philmont Scout Ranch. He then started teaching the rock climbing course at New Mexico Tech. Currently he teaches 8 rock climbing courses at NMT, with about 70 students per semester.
- AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
How and when did you get started climbing?
I started climbing in 1991. It was pretty great once my parents allowed me to finally go climbing with my older brothers.
What is your favorite style/type of climbing?
Bouldering, and sport climbing
What makes climbing/guiding so special to you?
Climbing has always been my form of meditation. The time I spent climbing allows me to disconnect from what is going on in life, which really allows me to come back to reality with a different perspective.
Guiding, and instructing has always been one of my favorite aspects of my climbing career. I have always found great rewards in seeing folks experience, and improve in climbing.
What are your most difficult/proudest/favorite sends?
Steal Your Face at The Box is probably my proudest send. I worked on that boulder problem for about 9 years before I got the FA. I didn’t really think I would do it, but that never really mattered too much.
What are some goals for your future?
My climbing goals are to climb a lot, and keep having a blast with it.
What do you feel comfortable guiding?
Probably anything but big walls
Do you have a favorite quote or personal mantra?
Seven days without climbing makes one weak!
Name 5 things that make you happy.
- exploring for new climbing areas
- working as installation supervisor for Futurist Climbing
- my friends
- my dogs
Tell us something about yourself that isn’t climbing related.
I am a licensed contractor in NM, and specialize in custom painting, plastering, and finish carpentry.
Tell us something about someone else at Suntoucher that you find interesting.
After 25 years of climbing, I have not met a more experienced climber than John Kear. I find that pretty interesting.