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Sean McColl


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North Vancouver, Canada
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Birthdate: September 3rd, 1987

Hometown: North Vancouver, Canada

Currently Living: North Vancouver, Canada

Height: 169cm (5’6½”)

Weight: 60kg (132 lbs)

Started Climbing: 1997

Sean McColl is an avid 30-year-old sport climber who has been competing for the past 20 years.

Sean’s home is in North Vancouver although he lived in France between the years of 2011 and 2016. He has been one of the head and assistant coaches for the 2009-2013 Canadian Youth National Teams. Sean has traveled to Valence (France), Edinburgh (Scotland), Imst (Austria), Singapore and Victoria (Canada) in support of his coaching interests. In 2014 and 2015, Sean’s competition and travel schedule was too hectic for him to be a major part of the Youth Team, he corresponds and helps them via correspondence.

As an athlete, Sean’s accomplishments in this sport are numerous, unprecedented and un-repeated for a climber from Canada (and even Pan America) especially since the sport has been and continues to be dominated by European climbers.

Sean was the Canadian Youth Champion in his age group ever year from 1999-2005 having won every National Championships he attended. During his youth career, Sean claimed 5 world titles; since no other youth competitor has won more titles; this achievement is unsurpassed in youth climbing history to this day.

Since Sean started competing on the World Cup circuit, he has won 5 events (2 in bouldering, 3 in lead) and been on the podium another 23 times. Sean has won the Overall Combined Rankings and has been 2rd and 3rd in the Lead and Boulder Overall rankings respectively.

As an outdoor climber, Sean has onsighted 5.14a (8b+) and climbed multiple 5.14d’s (9a). On the bouldering side, Sean is one of a dozen climbers in the world to flash the grade of V13 (8B) and redpoint V15 (8C).

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Sean McColl on Gaia  © Sean McColl

Video Sean McColl on Gaia E8 6c

The day after winning the CWIF title with a gutsy performance involving contortion, multi-dynos and lots of thinking, you'd expect Sean McColl to allow himself a day off... However, keen to try out our fabled gritstone climbing, Sean ...

Sean McColl on the Traphouse, ~8B+, Fontainebleau  © Josh Larson
Sean McColl on the Traphouse, ~8B+, Fontainebleau  © Josh Larson

News Elephunk, ~8B, flash by Sean McColl

Sean McColl Training  © Sean McColl
Sean McColl Training  © Sean McColl

Climbing Skills Sean McColl - Training Video

In this short video from Canadian competition climber Sean McColl, we see Sean training at a private wall in Chamonix, France. He takes us through his regime, with circuits, core exercises, pull ups and push ups. If you want to find out how one of the world's top...

Nagual, 8B, in the East Spur maze, Hueco Tanks, TX  © Sean McColl
Nagual, 8B, in the East Spur maze, Hueco Tanks, TX  © Sean McColl

Video Sean McColl's Rock rodeo

Nagual, 8B, in the East Spur maze, Hueco Tanks, TX  © Sean McColl
Nagual, 8B, in the East Spur maze, Hueco Tanks, TX  © Sean McColl

News McColl flashes Nagual, 8B

Sean McColl on Fourmis rouges, 7C+, Cuvier rempart, Fontainebleau, France  © Marshal German
Sean McColl on Fourmis rouges, 7C+, Cuvier rempart, Fontainebleau, France  © Marshal German

News Khéops assis, 8B+, in a day by McColl

Sean McColl  © McColl coll.
Sean McColl  © McColl coll.

News McColl climbs The Dagger, 8B+

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McColl and Pringle repeat Evilution direct

Dreamcatcher  © Dr. Evil
Dreamcatcher  © Dr. Evil

News McColl Bags 2nd Ascent of Dreamcatcher 9a

The LowDown: 2nd ascent of Dreamcatcher by McColl  © UKC News
The LowDown: 2nd ascent of Dreamcatcher by McColl  © UKC News

News 2nd ascent of Dreamcatcher by McColl


Latest Reviews for Sean's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Testing the Kalipe on slabby gneiss  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Kalipe

They are not the most technical approach shoe on the market, and their shallow tread could prove a worry on steep grass, but the Kalipe's combination of affordable price, and comfy and forgiving fit, makes them an easy approach shoe to get alon...

Light but pretty well cushioned, they feel like a good choice for mixed terrain  © Dan Bailey
Light but pretty well cushioned, they feel like a good choice for mixed terrain  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Spin Ultra

Offering generous levels of cushioning and support in a surprisingly lightweight package, the Spin Ultra should be equally at home on long trail running days and gentler local runs, says Dan Bailey. It's worth considering for summer hill walks and mountain crag...

It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey
It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

A traditional leather mountain boot with modern refinements, Tom Ripley thinks the updated Mont Blanc Pro GTX would be a good choice for any mountaineer looking for a solid B3 boot that can be used from winter hill walking through to technical ice and mixed...

They're ideal for this sort of off-road running, but less so on rough, steep or slippy hill terrain  © Dan Bailey
They're ideal for this sort of off-road running, but less so on rough, steep or slippy hill terrain  © Dan Bailey

Adidas Terrex Agravic Flow Running Shoes

Described as being 'for casual runs and long sections on pavement or trails', the Agravic Flow seeks to straddle the line...

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey
Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa R-Evo GTX

"A non-techy walking boot that can eat the miles without chewing your feet up too, the R-Evo is built for comfort" reckons Dan Bailey...

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot,...


Latest News from Sean's Sponsors

Announcements direct from manufacturers

Scarpa Manta Tech men's close up  © Ed Smith

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has represented the "benchmark" in 4 season Mountain boots. Evolving over many generations, the new Manta Tech represents...

Scarpa Booster  © UKC Gear
Scarpa Booster  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Booster

The Booster is - in the words of Scarpa Designer Nathan Hoette - "all about the precision". It took 87 prototypes to get to the point where he and Scarpa's Climbing Shoe Category Manager, Heinz Mariacher, were happy with its weight and sensitivity. Designed with both the...

A sensitive, flexible shoe enables maximum contact on sloping footholds  © Robbie Phillips
A sensitive, flexible shoe enables maximum contact on sloping footholds  © Robbie Phillips

Scarpa Booster

The Booster is the newest climbing shoe to be introduced to the Scarpa Spring Summer 2020 climbing range. It follows on from the old classic Booster S with some exciting new developments.

ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Footwear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...

Scarpa Veloce

The Veloce offers comfort and technology with special focus on indoor climbing. A slightly downturned shape with an extra spacy toe box is...

Tech Ink / Legend Ink / Hi-Res Coral  © adidas Outdoor
Tech Ink / Legend Ink / Hi-Res Coral  © adidas Outdoor

adidas Terrex Agravic Flow Shoes

Lace up and find your pace. Unwind from the day in the adidas Terrex Agravic Flow Shoes. Pavement to trail and back, your...

Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa
Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

The Mt Blanc Pro is a warm and durable boot designed for technical mountaineering and winter climbing. The new Mt Blanc Pro is...


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