Tallahassee, FL via Atlanta, GA
In light of our 25th anniversary celebration, we thought it only fitting to celebrate the man who started it all.
Without his leadership and vision climbing in the South would look VERY different. Thanks for leading the charge and bringing the psych, Brad. And thank you Paul Morley for this fitting write up:
The South has its own manner of noting significant figures within the climbing community. Some use the title OG (Original Gangsta) or Southern Legend, and the number of climbers who have received these titles are respectively few. Though Brad McLeod definitely fits into this category, the more fitting title is simply "workhorse." A Navy Seal by training and a former environment consultant, to describe Brad as having a high work ethic doesn't touch the surface of his energetic approach towards anything he is willing to accomplish. As a Founding Father of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, his contribution put a whole movement in motion. Though this movement started due to the threat of loss of access to Sunset Park, it matured to a paradigm shift in climbing access: the idea to actually purchase threatened areas and reopen them to the public. Whether it was at any given trail day, or evening flashing V7's, Brad's "workhorse" mentality was vibrant and contagious in the Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia region.
There was no amount of work that could not be accomplished and no task that would not be brought to fruition if one applied patience and persistence.
Though climbing isn't in the forefront for Brad anymore, he spends his time pedaling hard on his mountain bike. And by pedaling hard, his enduro rides speak for themselves. The ever believer in the mission, he uses the rides to raise money for those in need. If there is one word to describe Brad McLeod, it is "positivity." His absolute belief in this one word set a tone for climbing Access in the south.
Come meet Brad at the 25th anniversary celebration!