John McCune - Scarpa

John McCune

I'm from Newry in Northern Ireland and grew up close to the Mourne mountains. I started climbing when I was 19 and got into trad. In Ireland, I ticked off many of the hard routes at Fairhead and in the Mournes, then started heading out to the alps to climb bigger Alpine routes. At this point, I thought a life working in the mountains could be fun and started working towards becoming a mountain guide.

I have always been very inspired by new routing and hard scary trad. I have added a lot hard first ascents across Ireland following soaring lines. Now I seem to do a bit of everything, but I still have a big passion for rock climbing especially in the mountains. I am currently living in Chamonix where I work as an IFMGA mountain Guide. I love my job as a guide leading clients up incredible mountains, and in the winter taking them freeride skiing, ice climbing, and ski mountaineering.


Newry, Northern Ireland.


Rock climbing, Alpinism, Skiing.


Divine Providence | Freerider El Capitan 5.13a | South Face of the Fou Free 7c| Divided Years E8/9 | Dogma 8b | IFMGA Mountain Guide | BA Hons Photography.

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-No Place too Far-

Owey, a little island on the west coast of Ireland where I've enjoyed new routing over the years. I climb in incredible locations all over the world, but I hope to always spend a few weeks in Ireland every spring exploring little islands and crags doing new routes and drinking the best Guinness with great friends.



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