At Work With...Paul Haraf

Paul Haraf

WHO HE IS: Climbing Wall Supervisor, Department of Recreation

YEARS AT PENN: 6 months

WHAT HE DOES: Haraf leads classes for those adventurous enough to try out the climbing wall at Pottruck. He also is in charge of climbing parties, slide shows and kids’ climbing programs, and markets the wall to faculty and staff. “I want to make the wall less intimidating to ... faculty and staff and make it more user-friendly,” he says.

MOST EXHILARATING CLIMBING EXPERIENCE: Haraf once did a two-day ìgrade 5î climb of Devilís Thumb in Alaskaóone of the most challenging climbs in the U.S.

HOW THE SPORT HAS CHANGED: When he started guiding nine years ago, Haraf says, “the equipment was still considered pretty basic.” These days, “it’s pretty popular for a college to have a climbing gym.”

Originally published on July 7, 2005