Born and raised in Weare, NH (pronounced “where”) Kevin Macartney was first introduced to climbing through Cub Scouts as part of a prize for the top ten popcorn sellers each year. I started taking climbing lessons at the local YMCA in Goffstown, NH, about 15 mins from my home, when I got the 5th grade. Three years later I started volunteering at the gym and that’s when I really got interested in progressing my climbing. As a sophomore in High School I started competing at USA Climbing events, eventually receiving an invite to nationals my senior year of High School. The next year I placed 6th at the SCS Nationals in Sandy, UT. In January 2009 I moved from New Hampshire to Bozeman, MT to start college at Montana State University and haven’t left the state for more than a month at a time since.
Now holding three jobs while attending school full time and continuing to pursue competitive climbing as an adult leave me with little time for much else. I teach the next generation of kids at the same age I started getting introduced to climbing (ages 5-13). I am a course setter at both Spire Climbing Center and at the MSU Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center. As well as serving on the Board of Directors for Touch the Sky, a local Bozeman non-profit company working to get youth outdoors through rock climbing. I am currently studying undergraduate Biochemistry at Montana State and plan on graduating in the Fall of 2013.
Career Highlights Include:
6th place at SCS Youth Nationals 2009
12th place at SCS Open Nationals 2011
30th Place at IFSC Lead World Cup- Boulder, CO 2011
31st place at Unified Bouldering Championships Salt Lake 2010
4 time Spire Spring Fling Champion (2009 to current)
3rd place at Spire’s Full Gravity day 12 (2012)
3rd place at Spire’s Full Gravity Day 9 (2009)
Hardest Redpoint: 5.13d (Sky Pilot – Ten Sleep, WY)
Hardest Onsight: 5.12d (Esplanada – Ten Sleep, WY)
Hardest Boulder Problem: V12 (Beyond Life Sit – Joe’s Valley, UT)
Hardest Gear Climb: 5.12b (The Fugitive – Gallatin Canyon, MT)