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