It’s rare to meet a person so intense in his focus as Smartwool® athlete and professional climber, Conrad Anker. Conrad has been hanging cliffside from Meru to Antarctica since the late 1980s. He achieved his third Everest ascent without supplemental oxygen, a distinction the smallest fraction of climbers can claim. He’s also rebounded from a major heart attack while climbing 20,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayas.
Conrad has spent decades pursuing his passion and honing his skills to reach higher ground. That clarity and precision has propelled him to the top of his sport. He’s the leader of a movement. A pioneer. An icon. A major inspiration to generations of climbers.
That’s why we partnered with Conrad to develop our PhD® Pro Approach Merino wool socks. He shared with us his needs and what he’s feeling out there. We got busy solving his problems. We wanted to use his insights and experience in the field to create the perfect sock for every climber’s kit.
“Conrad is someone who is setting the standard and defining the future of alpine climbing,” shares Pete Kearns, Smartwool Socks Merchandise Director. “He’s got an intent, a drive that’s sort of unmatched. Those are the people you want helping you test and make the best products in the world.”
Very few professional climbers have accomplished half of the things Conrad has—and kept all 10 fingers and all 10 toes. That’s not by accident. Conrad understands the importance of treating your feet. He finishes a big alpine climb by taking off his socks and meticulously cleaning between each toe. Every night, he moisturizes his feet and puts on a fresh pair to sleep in.