Sterling Athletes Team
Name: Ben Clark
How did you get started climbing? Mountaineering led to climbing which led to Alpinism which led to...skiing?
How old were you when you started? 17
Who or what inspired you to start climbing? The views
Who served as your inspiration in life? My grandmother
What was your first outdoor climb? Black Mountain in Tennessee, a desperate 5.8 toprope.
What do you do when you're not climbing? Make television
Any training advice or suggestions? Train really hard, really really hard, in the gym, on the mountain, through the ice season, into the depths of desert offwidths and explode out of face shots of cold smoky powder. Be ready for everything everywhere and you will never stop having fun! Most importantly remember; we'll never be invincible against avalanches, rockfall or unforseen objective hazards, we'll never outrun them, all you can do is identify them and be honest with yourself about the risks.
What do you feel is your best accomplishment, outside of climbing? Marrying my wife Annie
What do you feel is your best accomplishment within climbing? Establishing a new line in Alpine style on 23,390' Baruntse in the spring of 2009 with skis on my back.
Favorite quote? There is no sense in arguing over fun
If you could have 1 superpower what would it be? To influence the weather.
If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? (no wishing for more wishes) To end violence, a mission to outer space, a blessing to all those friends who the mountains have claimed.
What was your favorite childhood cartoon? Actually...I really hated cartoons, seriously!