“My name is Philip Quade. I grew up in Quadeville, Ontario, and have called Calgary and the Bow Valley home for a little over 10 years.
I started climbing on my 25th Birthday – about 5 months after my dad passed away. It was a dark time for me, but climbing became the one thing that could empty and calm my mind. It gave me focus, drive, and a purpose completely disconnected from the rest of my world. But, what started as an outlet and an escape, became a driving force in my life, and unlocked a new world I would have never expected.
While I’m trying to become the most well-rounded climber I can be – Bouldering/Sport/Trad/Ice – my real passion comes down to exploration days. Alpine starts, driving and trekking hours to explore and area with, at best, only potential to hold a boulder. Uncovering something new, or rediscovering an old, forgotten diamond in the rough. Climbing is a means for travel, exploration, escape. It has taken me places I would never have expect to go before I began. My favourite bouldering destination is the Archangel Valley, in Hatch Pass, Alaska – The place where my affinity for bouldering really began.”
When I’m not on rock, you can typically find me photographing it.”