Around the Crag : Paolo Amarena

This edition of Around the Crag puts some spotlight on our latest addition to the Crag staff, Paolo Amarena. Paolo is our head instructor for all of our youth programs and has been in the climbing for quite some time. Get to know him by reading below!



1. Where are you from?

Turin, Italy. Turin is a beautiful city at the foot of the Alps. The King of Italy actually lived there, before the democracy was established.. Turin is also the city where the Fiat 500 was designed and hometown of the Gianduiotti, a type of chocolate whose shape is similar to an upturned boat made with a paste of sugar, cocoa and hazelnut. Last, but not least,Turin was the 2006 Winter Olympic City.


2. How long have you been climbing?

I started alpine and sport climbing in my twenties.


3. What do you love most about rock climbing?

Exploration of and contact with nature. 

It helps to build strong friendships.

I love the fact that the thing I love the most has developed into a job.


4. Other than climbing, what are your hobbies and interests?
Cooking with my wife, Elizabeth.
Reading my Bible.
5. Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it and why?
I like the ox 🙂 because it has a great sense of calm and great strength which help it to be a good worker.
6. Sir Edmund Hillary or Tanzig Norgay? Please defend.
I cannot defend one of the other because I  think they both accomplished a great thing together and I respect them for the loyalty they showed to each other after the climb. 
7. What is the name of your autobiography?
My name. I like to keep things simple.
8. Do you prefer the smell of fresh cut grass or burning leaves? Please explain.
The smell of fresh cut grass because it reminds me of when I used to help my grandfather  work in his yard. 
The cut grass in Itay has the same smell of the grass in the States. Isn’t that great??


9. Are you on instagram, twitter, etc.? If so, how can people find you?
People can find me at the gym! 


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