Kory McAfee // GSG Ambassador
Kory began rock climbing around 2007, he quickly immersed himself in the sport and has since dedicated himself to being the most well-rounded climber he can be. Kory enjoys getting away to the mountains and bouldering or sport climbing with friends, but he is most inspired by getting high off the ground and honing his rock craft on longer, traditional gear routes.
Kory currently lives in Mumbai, India, where he is a Physical Education teacher at an International School. In his first year there, Kory co-set for the open national bouldering championship, hosted routesetting clinics, competed in an open sport climbing championship (tying for 1st, placing in 3rd), helped develop new sport climbing areas, and helped with the formation of new youth climbing programs. He is currently implementing a school wide climbing curriculum in the international baccalaureate model for his school, and plans to get involved in the Indian Mountaineering Foundation this year as a climbing coach and routesetter.
Kory was a certified USA Climbing coach, received his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, San Diego, and was also certified as a nationally recognized Emergency Medical Technician in 2009. When not climbing, Kory enjoys traveling, spearfishing, playing music, running, reading, playing soccer, and spending time with his friends and family.
Kory is most proud of the chances he's had to give back to our climbing community.
"I was fortunate to have some really great mentors when I started climbing, and I’m grateful for the time they invested in me and the impact they made in my life. Being the head coach of a youth climbing team was an extremely rewarding position, and the time I had with the kids, their parents, and my fellow coaches was some of the best times of my life— something I will always revere and look back on warmly."
Kory's bouldered up to V9, climbed 5.12 sport routes in 100 degrees on jungle choss, and is most proud of any lead he's ever done at Tahquitz.