My goal has always been to grow through the sport of climbing, to understand what my “personal best” truly is, and to have the opportunity to perform at such a level.
For the amount of effort it takes to perform at your best, having support allows such an opportunity.  Whether with my family or through sponsors, I wouldn’t be doing what I do without “them” saying “go for it”.
ACC-Logo-b&w-inverseThe Alpine Club of Canada makes sure I’m “organized”. Behind the scenes…they look after the administrative side so that I can focus on the task at hand.
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I represent Team Canada for competitive mixed climbing. I stand behind my country and give the utmost of respect to my position on the team.  With my fellow competitors, we support eachother, doing our best to grow the sport and the team within.

I’m not a huge fan of talking about results.  So i’ll just mention a few of my “moments”.

  • North American Champion (2014/15) – Ice/Mixed Climbing competition
  • Ranked 1st in Canada for World Cup Competitions (Ice/mixed)
  • 4th place at the World Cup in Bozeman, Montana (2014/15)
  • Ranked 13th Overall in the world (competitions-ice/mixed)
  • Climbed D14
  • Established what is likely the biggest/hardest sport/mixed route in the world (single pitch) – to be determined

My Name is Gordon McArthur

Climbing has become part of my daily routine. Whether training, climbing, or competing, with every hour–physically or mentally, climbing plays a role.  I was once asked, “Why do you love climbing?” And the only response i could come up with was, “because without it, I feel short of breath”.

My focus is mixed climbing competitions. I travel the world every winter competing for Canada on the World Cup Ice Climbing Tour.  I prepare months in advance in becoming ready to climb at my best. Throughout the “off season” I love to rock climb, spending most nights at my local crag or traveling to amazing places like Wyoming, Las Vegas, Kentucky, and my favourite: The Bow Valley (Canmore, AB).

Over the years I’ve found that in order to be fitted with readiness, you must train…and train a lot. From that I’ve built “the machine” in my backyard.  Back there; it’s my fortress of solitude…where i learn, re-group, and try real hard. The backyard is outfitted with a 30ft Arch, bouldering walls/cave, and many training apparatuses.

What I do, where I go, all of it wouldn’t be possible without the support of my amazing family, and sponsors–those who believe in my dream and encourage me daily to keep going after it.

“…REGULAR PRACTICE SIMPLY ISN’T ENOUGH. TO IMPROVE, WE HAVE TO BE CONSTANTLY PUSHING OURSELVES BEYOND WHERE WE THINK OUR LIMITS LIE AND THEN PAY ATTENTION TO HOW AND WHY WE FAIL.” -BY JOSHUA FOER

PrintI represent Team Canada with the utmost of integrity.  I support my fellow team members, and together we take on the world.  We stand behind a country that promotes ice climbing and the future of competition in the sport. My current world ranking is 13th.  My best result in a world cup is 4th place (in 2014).