Strong Climber Matty Hong Grew Up in a Climbing Family
In 2016, Matty Hong climbed his first 5.15a when he sent Chris Sharma’s Papichulo in Oliana, Spain.
But that was just the beginning. He followed that up with two more 5.15a’s, both in Spain, and solidified himself as one of the country’s top sport climbers.
He’s also bouldered V15 and when he’s not climbing, Hong can wield a camera as deftly as he executes intricate crux sequences.
The 26-year-old’s photos and films are poignant portraits into his world of climbing.
“My parents Steve Hong and Karin Budding introduced me to climbing at a young age. Both are still active climbers and my most consistent partners! I don’t remember when I started climbing, similar to how I don’t remember my first steps, but I know it’s always been a big part of my life and who I am.”
Watch a profile on Hong by Black Diamond below.
“Without a doubt my parents have been the most influential to my climbing. Not only were they my first sponsor, they have always supported my passion for climbing, even if I had to miss school.
“Together, they taught me to climb by taking me outdoors, since that is how they learned and what they were most passionate about. Having the exposure of climbing outside at a young age made me fall in love with the outdoors and motivated me to travel and climb in new places.”