Welcome to the Team: Matty HongWednesday, April 25, 2018
Not many kids grew up playing in the dirt beneath the country’s famed limestone walls of Rifle, Colorado. But then again, not many kids’ dads have the climbing legacy of Matty Hong’s, whose father, Steve (yes, that Steve Hong) helped pioneer hard climbing in the States—from 5.13 splitters in the Creek’s infancy, to 5.14 sport climbs on the steeps of Rifle.
In other words, Matty grew up with climbing in his DNA.
For years, Honngy, as he’s affectionately called by friends, climbed with his dad during summers in Rifle. By the age of 17, however, he’d started to become his own man, and even began surpassing his dad. The elder Steve was stoked, seeing his protégé and son develop into one of the country’s strongest climbers.
Now, at age 26, Matty has taken those skills honed with his father to the world stage of sport climbing. In 2016 he climbed three 5.15a’s in Spain, sending Papichulo, La Rambla and Joe Mama. He’s bouldered V15 and even followed in his father’s footsteps with first ascents, adding two 5.14d’s to his old haunt of Rifle.
Adding to his impressive résumé of hard climbing, Matty is also an inspired filmmaker and photographer, having studied the arts at CU Boulder. His photos have now been seen by the world over—with iconic frames, such as the one of Margo Hayes after her send of La Rambla, becoming forever etched in climbing history.
We’re beyond proud to have Matty join the BD family, and can’t wait to follow along as he climbs and documents his way into the future.