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Episode 19 – Justin Roth

During an impromptu trip to Ventura, California I had the pleasure of catching up with Justin Roth, a friend and former co-worker. He currently works for Patagonia in the marketing department. Before that he was at Petzl and before that he served in a number of roles at Climbing Magazine and Urban Climber Magazine. Until recently he also published The Stone Mind, a popular blog that frequently contemplated climbing and Buddhism and the relationship between the two. As I have got to know Justin I have found him to be creative, thoughtful, even-keeled, and he possesses a tremendous amount of grit.

We recorded the interview at Justin’s place in Ventura, which was nice because I got to visit with his wife, Kristin, and his baby girl, Olivia. After dinner and cupcakes Justin offered me a glass of whiskey to enjoy during our talk. We sat down at the microphones setup in his climbing gym (garage with woody) and covered a number of topics, including his suburban upbringing in Ohio, going to college at NYU, and the rapid evolution of media.


About Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley has been a rock climbing and general outdoor enthusiast since 1998, served as the associate publisher for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines, and co-founded the Denver-based non-profit, First Ascenders. He graduated from UMASS (Amherst).

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