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Action County: Scott Cline

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BRECKENRIDGE ” Scott Cline started rock climbing at the age of 9 when he rapelled off a 95-foot cliff in Oregon, then climbed back up.

Cline, a Colorado native who lives in Breckenridge, grew up in Lakewood and admits after his first climb he was hooked.

“The feeling of hanging out on a free-hang rapel really captured my attention and I never let go,” Cline said.

Since then, Cline has scaled mountains all over North America including Mt. Whitney, Mt. Hood, Grand Teton, all the Monarch Mountains in British Columbia, Oregon’s Smith Rock, Alaska and too many places to name here in Colorado.

“One of the greatest climbs I have ever done was the Grand Teton, Exum Ridge. It’s an incredible classic climb, it’s very exposed and it’s just beautiful rock,” said Cline.

The toughest climb he has done was the mountaineers route on Mt. Whitney in California where he started with a 14-mile hike to the ascent.

“It’s not a hard route but we did it all in one day, to carry all your gear in and then ascend the route is pretty physically demanding,” said Cline.

Cline is an alpinist climber, which includes all areas of climbing: ascending mountains to the summit, rock climbing, glacial traverse and ice climbing, which he has done in east Vail and Lincoln Falls in Park County.

“It’s the all-encompassing aspect of climbing and I just enjoy it all,” said Cline.

Cline moved to Breckenridge about four years ago because it was a place he had always visited and has many friends here. He recently was named recreation supervisor of climbing and adventure at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, turning his passion into a career. He promotes and oversees all climbing, kayaking and mountain biking programs.

Cline enjoys the freedom of movement that climbing allows and being able to see places that not everyone can see. He hopes to one day return to Alaska and to climb in the European Alps.

“It’s something that has intrigued me since I was a little kid and any mountain that’s out there I’d love to climb it,” he said.

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