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“Tom Smartt! This guy crushes in Idaho, has developed routes up to 13d/14a, and looks forward to the potato harvest more than the send!” (Climbing Magazine’s “ULTIMATE DARK HORSE NOMINATIONS”, Issue 341 p49) Upon hearing the advice of his mentors, Tom decided to follow his dreams and visit the places he had read about in the climbing magazines as a kid. He’s spent the majority of the past few years living in a truck, traveling and climbing all over the country. And for the past year, he’s had a little cow dog rescue with him named Ato (get it? his name is Tom, the dog’s is Ato. Put them together and you have:_______).
So far, he’s been fortunate enough to keep the dream alive, and follow the whims of his motivations. His climbing is not only his sport, but his life; a learning tool that comes from pushing himself on the rock, the adventure inherent in traveling, the pioneering effort that goes into establishing a new route, and the fun of continually making new friends along the way.
The majority of his climbing has been focused on a small cliff band near his home base in Idaho. Tom has been at the forefront of development of the increasingly popular crag called The Fins. His goal is to take up where the old guard has left off, to be a pioneer of sorts in a place that still has so much left to be explored, to build a local playground of hard routes he didn’t have while coming up as a climber. His routes tend to have a style all their own: heinous, cryptic, and often quite thin. They tend to be puzzlers. He feeds off the eccentricities in climbing.
Tom hopes to keep adding to the climbing scene in Idaho. He’s affiliated with the Eastern Idaho Climbers Coalition, helping shape Idaho Falls’ new climbing gym (The Edge Climbing and Fitness), organizing the Eastern Idaho Powerhaus bouldering competition, and of course, bolting as many routes as possible.
To find out more about Tom check him out on Instagram @tomsmartt
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