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.

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…


I coach mountain sports (climbing, ski mountaineering, mountain running, etc) at Uphill Athlete. I'm a regular contributor to the UA website and the moderator of the UA forum.


When I was climbing a lot, I wrote for several climbing journals and magazines: Alpinist, Climbing, Rock & Ice, Gripped, the Canadian Alpine Journal, and the American Alpine Journal.