Student Summer Plans: Taggart Cole ’20

Taggart Cole started climbing when he was three years old at Carter Rock in Maryland. Growing up, he spent time visiting relatives in the foothills of the Wind River Range of Wyoming where he became an avid rock climber.

Learn more about how White Mountain has impacted Taggart’s climbing career, and how he became involved with White Mountain Climbing Camp this summer.





“The WMS climbing program took the skills and experience that I had from climbing before entering the program and fine tuned them. It has informed me of best practices, taught me new skills for a wider range of disciplines, and has made me a more efficient and safer climber.“

How did you get involved with White Mountain Climbing Camp?

Director of Outdoor Education and Assistant Dean of Students, Ted Teegarden was helping me brainstorm ideas for employment in the rock guiding field. Ted suggested climbing camp as an option, and I thought it would be a great way to get first hand experience in a leadership role here at White Mountain.

What was your role with the camp?

I was there to support the other guides and teach skills to campers who, for the most part, were climbing outside for their very first time. I would help manage sites in single pitch environments whether it was at the base Mount Oscar or the top of Cathedral. In addition to helping with climbing, I helped campers make sure that they had an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

What was your favorite part about this leadership experience?

Seeing growth in campers throughout the week was extremely rewarding. It was awesome to see them transition from indoor sport climbers to outdoor traditional lead climbers.

How are you spending the rest of your summer? What are you most excited for?

I will be traveling to Cirque of the Towers in the Winds River Range. There, my climbing partner and I plan to do some grade IV and V climbs in the Cirque in alpine style. Alpine rock is my favorite style of climbing, the ability to move fast and flow through the mountains is a great feeling and I hope we are able to accomplish larger goals and objectives.

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