Podcast: Explorers Club of Pittsburgh- Ron Edwards



Ron Edwards has a long history with the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh (ECP); he has served as the club’s President since 2015.  He is also an instructor in the ECP’s Mountaineering School, Rock Climbing School, and Backpacking School.  Here’s a little about Ron Edwards in his own words:  In 1995 in the middle of the largest National Park in the United States, Wrangell St. Elias, a former Everest climber, now guide in the small town of McCarthy, Alaska, takes me onto a glacier to introduce me to ice climbing.  In 1996 and 1997 I was able to find a spark in a couple of local peers to help me explore lead and multi-pitch rock and ice climbing. Though the climbing was less frequent than I wished, this period culminated on a successful summit of Mt. Rainier in the spring of 1998 – providing another inspirational leap. The fire smoldered from 1999 through 2000 as early independent life and career trumped all outdoor activity. Once transplanted into the city of Pittsburgh, and surrounded by groups of enthusiasts, I began with a renewed dedication in 2001. It’s been full steam ahead and no looking back since then.  The vertical world is what thrills me; the steeper, the better.  When climbing I enjoy more traditional methods and techniques yet employ all of the most modern gear that is available. I enjoy a strong sense of ethics on all of my climbs, striving to do climbs with style knowing I can never lie to myself. Single pitch, toproping and sport climbing are enjoyable but just training grounds to me. I feel the drive to accomplish great climbs, ones that only one in a hundred climbers will do. My religion is simple – life itself. It’s a race against time, a limited time to accomplish and stave off regret. A probable side effect is the legacy that may be left – one that hopefully inspires the next generation. Or at least results in some pretty damn amazing pictures.

For more information on Ron Edwards, including mountains and rock routes climbed, go to the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh website www.pittecp.org/content/ron-edwards-0

Show Notes:
Ron Edwards and the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh,
contact info:
www.pittecp.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/42705455822/

Instagram: @explorersclubofpittsburgh

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
The Climbing Wall, Pittsburgh, PA (Point Breeze)
www.theclimbingwall.net

Ascend Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (SouthSide)
www.ascendpgh.com

Yosemite National Park, CA (El Capitan)
www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Mountains you may have heard mentioned in Podcast:
Ama Dablam, Nepal

Imja Tse (Island Peak), Nepal

Chukhung Ri, Nepal

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, US

Adirondacks, NY, US

Matterhorn, Alps, border of Switzerland and Italy

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Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org


3 thoughts on “Podcast: Explorers Club of Pittsburgh- Ron Edwards

  1. Nice piece about climbing and the Pittsburgh community. Ron’s a great guy, generous with his knowledge and time. – The ECP is worth checking out not just for climbing and mountaineering but other adventure and outdoor activities.

    It’s been a few years for me, but I first got involved with them from the perspective of both climbing and caving.

    Hats off to all involved in this audio-essay.

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