Climbing picture of MAXIM athlete Greg Kerzhner


Rock climber who strives to climb the most inspiring lines possible

His policy is simple - look around you, find the raddest thing to climb and go climb it!  Greg doesn't call himself a "boulderer" or a "trad climber". He is a rock climber, striving to climb the most inspiring lines he possibly can, regardless of whether they are 3 feet or 3,000 feet off the ground.  Greg has been doing that since the age of 6 and will to continue this quest as long as his body lets him.

Birthday: 5/10/1989
Home town: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Current home: The Tasty Road
Favorite MAXIM rope: 9.1 Airliner, is there any other?

“I think the coolest thing about climbing is that it gives you access into that 3rd dimension that normal people don’t have. Most people are limited to walking forwards or sideways, but climbers can go up, and turns out, there is a lot of world to see up there.  Climbing gives me freedom to go up, to go out, to go travel, and to generally see things from a different perspective.”

Greg Kerzhner

Get to know Greg...

Tell us how and when you got into climbing?
I started climbing when I was 7 years old in Yekaterinburg, Russia.  There I joined a local climbing team and competed in youth competitions until my family moved to America a few years later.

What do you think was the highlight of your climbing career (so far)?
It has to be free climbing El Corazon, 13b on El Cap with my brother, Mike back in 2016. The climb itself is incredible, and my brother and I make an awesome team.  Good family bonding to stay the least.

What are you doing when you are not climbing?
Typing into my laptop as a software developer.  I climb full time but also work quiet a lot from my computer, which gives climbing a good balance, allows me to fund my adventures, and also lets me use my brain. 

Do you have any peculiar eating habits
I try to picture what Jonathan Siegrist would eat, and then eat 3 times as much 

What stokes you the most?
As I think Honnold said - Big walls, big air, big adventures.  

If you could choose a super power, what would it be?
Overnight healing

What would you be doing if you weren’t a pro climber? 
I would probably be dead by now. Or maybe surfing.

Career Highlights

Joe Blau

Country/City: Oliana, Spain
Grade: 14c
Length: 120 feet

When I came to Oliana, I skipped the normal trade routes and went straight to Joe Blau, a hard, long and (at that time) rarely repeated 14c bolted by Joe Kinder.  I didn’t send that trip and learned a lot about failure, and it was cool to come back on a second trip and break through and clip those anchors.

The Freerider

Country/City: Yosemite, California
Grade: 13a
Length: 3000 feet

When I first came to the Valley and saw El Cap, I had climbed probably 5 trad leads in my whole life, but I knew that I could not leave until I free climbed that rock.  Over the next year, I was able to hone my game with the good company of Walker Emerson, and to stand on top of it only 14 months later was quite a good feeling.

The Shield

Country/City: Chattanooga, TN
Grade: v12
Lenght: 12 feet

The Shield is easily the most beautiful boulder problem in the world, and one that I tried off and on never being strong enough.  Last spring it was cool to buckle down, do some systematic training and summit the pebble once and for all.  

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