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Chris Benchetler goes climbing

Photograph By Jeff Fox

"My summers consist of climbing, surfing, and biking," says Mammoth Lakes, California-based pro skier Chris Benchelter. "However, as of late, I'm spending more and more time climbing. I've truly found a deep passion for climbing and really appreciate the connection to nature. I've also seen a lot of benefits from climbing that complement my skiing, both mentally and physically."