Seth Keena-Levin


I began my apprenticeship as a coach under Scott Johnston in 2015 and began coaching my own Uphill Athletes in 2018. I work with alpine and rock climbers as well as skiers and runners. I have trained athletes across the spectrum from full-time mountain guides to big-city-dwelling business folks on tight schedules. Serious climbing joined running as a passion of mine in 2007 while I was studying for my Bachelor of Science in biology at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Technical rock and ice climbing became my primary loves, but I also enjoy long ridge traverses and skiing to and from volcano summits. During a trip to the Canadian Rockies, I logged over 22,000 vertical feet and 55 miles in less than five days. At Castle Crags in California, I completed a linkup of three remote spires, totaling over eight miles and 7,000 vertical feet of technical climbing. My dedication to endurance training’s fundamental principles is why I experience consistent energy and distinct lack of fatigue during such outings. Similarly, my training knowledge and creativity broadened during my personal experience with serious injury and recovery. During the spring of 2017, while rehabilitating a fractured heel, I worked with excellent physical therapists, learned from a community of athletes with history of injury, and pored over literature on injury and recovery. In order to achieve lasting and minimally painful gains I had to be creative, patient, and deliberate in my training. Modulation and continuity were crucial to the process. Early that summer I begun running, and a short time later I was climbing 5.12 again. I came back a better athlete and a wiser coach, with a renewed appreciation for the core principles of training.


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