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Menlo Park resident Jake Scharfman stumbled upon what would become his passion — rock climbing — in the summer between 7th and 8th grade at Peninsula School.

“My uncle was a really big climber, and I knew about Planet Granite,” he recalled. “Then I did a rock climbing camp there, and it just clicked. I’d played various sports, but this was the perfect blend of physical and mental that also balanced individual skill along with community.”

Since then, he’s competed locally, statewide and around the nation in his sport, which included a first place in the 2017 Redbull Rapid Ascent in a world record time on the world’s tallest climbing wall.

He explained there are two different kinds of indoor climbing: roped climbing which is done on taller walls with “ropes so you don’t hurt yourself if you fall” and bouldering, shorter walls “with matts underneath to the break a fall.”

“I excel at bouldering,” Jake said. “My biggest achievements have been made just five feet off the ground!”

While he’s indoors most of the time, he’s scaled the sides of cliffs 1,000 feet tall. “Castle Rock State Park is the best local climbing area,” he said.

To those new to a climbing gym, the hand holds on the various walls may seem too tiny to grasp. But that is part of the challenge. “It takes a lot of training and a lot of finger strength,” he explained.

Jake is completing his senior year at Kehillah Jewish High School, and soon it will be on to college. He’d love to land someplace where there’s opportunity for climbing and also to hone what he thinks will be his focus of study, digital design and photography, although somewhat surprisingly, portrait photography interests him more than landscape.

“Through climbing I have been able to travel extensively, gaining tremendous respect for our planet, and the beauty it holds,” he wrote. “Not only that, but I have found a place for myself like no other, and I will always love climbing for giving that to me.”

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Menlo Park orthodontist Scott Kaloust conquers another body of water with a swim around Manhattan

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Twenty mile Catalina swim — accomplished in 2014. Twenty-one mile swim across Lake Tahoe — accomplished in 2016. And this year, Dr. Scott Kaloust chalked up another “completed,” swimming 28 miles around Manhattan and finishing first in his group with a time of 7 hours and 45 minutes. “It’s not a race; I was just […]

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M-A cancels all outdoor athletic events including Friday’s football game

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New scholarship fund established in honor of M-A student Aisea Bojack Mataele

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Spotted: Cyclists enjoying the camaraderie of the 2017 Tour de Menlo

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The 2017 edition of the Tour de Menlo is in the books. Participants choose 35-, 45- or 65-mile routes that began and ended at Menlo-Atherton High School. All stopped at the rest stop at the Steven Creek’s Sycamore Grove. Participant Dennis Nugent, who took these photos, said: “This is my 5th year and it’s always […]

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Four M-A juniors take part in the annual Gothia Cup in Sweden this summer

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Jerod Haase talks to Menlo Park Kiwanis about what’s ahead for Stanford men’s basketball

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Stanford men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase wanted to play for Stanford while growing up in South Lake Tahoe, but attended the University of California before transferring to the University of Kansas, playing for coach Roy Williams. Jerod highlighted Stanford’s upcoming men’s basketball season for the audience at the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club’s luncheon earlier this […]

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Register now for Tour de Menlo scheduled for Saturday, August 19

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The Tour de Menlo offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities. Riders have their choice of 65-, 46- and 35-mile routes, all well-marked and beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday, August 19. After taking different routes initially, all riders eventually will head south on Stevens Canyon Road to the final rest stop at […]

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Accomplished equestrian Nancy Hey looks back on her long career and her association with the Menlo Charity Horse Show

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While riding instructor and horse trainer Nancy Hey no longer competes in shows, she’s doing the next best thing — preparing horses and ponies to be at their best for their riders during lessons and in the show ring. Nancy is the founder of Strideaway Farms located down a long and winding road in Menlo Park that most […]

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Spotted: M-A’s Wimberly and Snow at Cal Coaches banquet

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Spotted: Warriors Steph Curry t-shirt in a most unusual place

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Imagine our surprise when we looked across the seating area of a restaurant name Marcela located near the middle of nowhere in Croatia and spied a #30 Steph Curry Warriors t-shirt. We figured it was an American tourist given that the restaurant was a popular stop on the way to one of Croatia’s major attractions, […]

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