Aging Into Climbing
Episode Co-Host – Lee Sheftel
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Co-Host – Lee Sheftel Biography
Lee Sheftel’s rock climbing journey began in 1978 with a transformative experience in the flatirons of Boulder where he wandered onto one of the flatirons facing 500 feet of exposure! At the age of 32, he found himself scrambling up rocks and realizing the sheer intensity and potential danger of climbing. Determined to learn the proper techniques, Lee immersed himself in the world of climbing, even though he started relatively late compared to most climbers.
At the remarkable age of 59, Lee achieved a groundbreaking feat by successfully completing his first 5.14 climb, The Whole Shot in Maple Canyon. Now 77 years old, Lee continues to climb at a high level and frequents Rifle, Colorado, where he challenges himself on difficult routes.
Lee said, “I look forward to sharing what I have learned over the years regarding mindsets I have found essential to staying in the game and performing at a high-level, despite the inevitable challenges we face as we age.”