My name is Scott Semple. I coach mountain sports at Uphill Athlete.
I've been involved in one sport or another since I was nine years old. First, it was gymnastics, some motocross, and then squash.
In gymnastics and squash, I did well provincially, and got crushed when the pond got deeper. In motocross, I just tried to hang on and not get killed.
In my 20s, I started climbing and, in my 40s, skimo racing.
Since 2014, I've been skimo racing and studying endurance training with Scott Johnston. Using the Uphill Athlete method, I qualified for the Canadian National Development Team three times and competed at the 2019 World Championships.
Before skimo, I was a sponsored climber, supported by Black Diamond, SCARPA, Grivel, Metolius, Clif Bar, and Adidas Eyewear. But that was all before Instagram, so it’s hard to tell if it ever really happened…