Scott Peterson (plaid) - Climber
Plaid is a climber that came to the game late in life. He didn’t start climbing until he was 42, but once he got the climbing bug he couldn’t get enough of it. Plaid’s claim to fame is climbing the obscure off-the-beaten path stuff. Immersed in the whole climbing lifestyle, the places, the people, the adventures, Plaid has found an absolute love for the sport. He’s gotten a lot of mileage in the 13 years he’s climbed, and he’s still got a long list of climbs to tackle.
What’s the worst trail/adventure meal you’ve ever concocted?
I haven’t made on I wouldn’t eat.
Once while spending 24 days on the face of El Capitan climbing the Tempest route. I brought enough food for 14 days. As the days wore on I would get into my food bag and there would be a can of sardines. I can eat sardines and they are good protein but most days they would go back in the bag. Then toward the end of the climb as I kept throwing the sardines back on the bag, all I had left to eat was sardines. I was so grateful The the other two climbers liked sardines. I would trade them for a can or peaches or whatever they would offer.
What animal would be most terrifying if it could speak?
My stupid dog. Cause he’s seen me do some pretty stupid stuff I don’t want my wife to know about.
What do you appreciate most in your friends?
Honesty and no complaining.
What song would you choose as your “entrance” song, to announce you?
“Tubthumping" song by Chumbawamba - I get knocked down, but I get up again
That’s the Plaid theme song
What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?
There have been so many.
I once tried to get the red plug out of a toy gun barrel and cut the heck out of my hand. My Dad was not so psyched!
If you had a billboard, what would it say to represent you?
“Toughness is a mindset. It’s how you get through the hard times.” Plaid
This, with a picture of some with me climbing some hard.
Who or what inspires you?
Yosemite inspires me. My wife’s life inspires me.
What are the five things you cannot do without?
My wife, climbing, good food, coffee, and my time in the morning before the crap hits the fan.
What is your favorite breakfast meal?
Hotcake House omelette and hot cakes
If you came with a warning label what would it say?
Don’t make angry.
Plaid’s accomplishments to date include his first El Capitan Route; a solo aid climb of the Zodiac Route in 2013. That was followed by spending 24 days on the face of El Capitan climbing the Tempest route with Pass The Pitons Pete and Jerry the Jet in 2015. He also climbed a first ascent of Cottontail Tower in The Fisher Towers with Richard Jensen on a route they called “Line In The Sand”.
In the Portland Oregon area where Plaid lives he and his partner climbed St. Peter’s Dome then subsequently climbed 100 routes over 100 days all in a 100 mile stretch of The Columbia River Gorge in 2011.
Plaid is someone that doesn’t give up easily. This comes in real handy climbing the kinds of routes he’s into!