Every year we get a little older. How you choose to celebrate is up to you. Take the birthday challenge. Writer Brendan Leonard delivers a dedication to the joys—both big and small—of the climbing life. What are your 35?


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Love it! Really inspired me to climb harder and do what I love

Charles Lazure - 05/07/2013 9:00:23

Beautiful piece. Whatever your dream is, follow it. This is life's one great truth, and the only way to live without regrets.

Jonny - 05/07/2013 4:07:03

Some nice shots of climbing and such, but a lot of bosses, spreadsheets and office cubes went into just about every piece of gear he is wearing. Follow your passion, even if it's for engineering ;)

libsys - 05/02/2013 1:59:58

Weel done mate!

Patrick B - 04/30/2013 10:55:27

Wow, this video summed up my views on life. I cant believe people are dissing this so hard core. Really if you take anything away from this video, it is to walk the path less traveled, live with a passion, make memories, live to love and love to live. You do not have to be a climber, hipster, or dirt bagger to do this.

Jason - 04/27/2013 12:33:27


the-junk - 04/13/2013 4:21:12

Absolutely awesome and inspiring! I have chosen to make my own 35 (or 38 or 40something) list. Knowing what I enjoy in life, sources of inspiration and happy moments is the perfect way to focus on living on purpose and seeking all this things and to really CELEBRATE LIFE! Thankyou!! =D

Rodolfo Villalón - 04/13/2013 7:59:14

Thank you so much for this post! I just loved it!

Christine Weimer - 04/13/2013 7:30:30

Maybe folk's irritations here should be directed at Arc'Teryx, the sponsor, more than the individual. Or shall we hold all sponsored athletes responsible for the excesses of their sponsors? In any case, the excess has achieved the commercial goal of getting our attention. ;<}

aglane - 04/12/2013 2:01:58

makes me want to head back to IC but doubt i'll be able to do 40 routes in a day.

jhaus - 04/11/2013 10:29:12

Uninspiring garbage. What self-important, narcissistic drivel. You and the way you live your life is no better than anyone else Brenden--your condemnation of other peoples lifestyles is atypical "I'm a foot-loose fancy free dirt bag bucking mainstream culture. I'm so groovy and plugged in" climber elitism. Open your eyes--you're not cooler than anyone else roping up.

JM - 04/11/2013 4:21:02

get a life HIPPIE!

HipsterDildo - 04/11/2013 10:11:41

Wow, that was simply awesome, really inspiring!

George Cyprus - 04/11/2013 5:23:25

I've never even climbed before, but that was great. You condensed a lot of my thought processes about life into a really sweet video. Thanks for being an inspiration! Blessings on your next 35, Teddy

Teddy McCann - 04/09/2013 11:12:02

Thnak you so much , this was really inspiring!.

philippe tavares - 04/09/2013 9:18:59

Damn that was awesome! Thanks for sharing! And for the reminder of what makes us climbers...the passion, the inspiration, the drive to see what is next while being in the moment.... Climb on!

Lynne Drakos - 04/09/2013 7:16:08