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    Anger Climbs to Conquer

    Colchester, Vt.- Troy Anger, has been a competitive mountain climber for quite some time. Recently, his passion for the sport has taken him to Austria’s Military Sport Climbing Championship, hosted by the German Bundeswehr and chaired by the Austrian Armed Forces; Anger placed second overall for the competition and first in the visitor division.

    At the age of seven, Anger became dedicated to climbing. After taking a hiatus during high school, he revisited his love for the sport. For the past eight years, climbing has become the focal point of his life and where he finds himself competing for years to come.

    At 18, Anger joined the Vermont Army National Guard, as an infantryman with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain). He said he has always been compelled to, “do something for my country. I went infantry; I like to shoot and I like being active and challenging my body.”

    Between his military service and commitment to climbing, he has traveled the globe.

    “I’ve competed for bouldering competitions all around the Northeast, from New York to Massachusetts. Also, I competed in Denver, Michigan, and Vermont. The Guerrier Nordiques trip has been the highlight, to be afforded to work with the Canadians in the Arctic Circle,” said Anger.

    Guerrier Nordiques translated to English means ‘artic warrior,’ which is a joint exercise hosted by Canadian forces during winters coldest months. The training combines mountaineering, emergency response and search and rescue practices high above the tree line.

    In 2017, Anger completed the Basic Mountain Warfare school; in 2018, his leadership recognized his natural ability by remarking, “you’re really good!” Leading up to the event in Austria, Anger compounded his focus with hope to podium.

    Anger also credits his Army Mountain training for his outstanding cardiovascular endurance needed for challenging climbs.

    Leading up to the event in Austria, Anger compounded his focus with hope to podium. “A lot of my time training was spent here in Vermont. Just running laps on lead routes, or sport routes you could say. It was really nice to be in a new place I’ve never visited. The city, Villach, and the country were absolutely gorgeous. Overall, it was probably one of the coolest climbs I’ve done so far,” said Anger.

    Going forward, Anger continues to press on with his commitment to competitive climbing,
    “I want to go to Finland in February, and in January, I plan on being at the Ouray Ice Climbing Festival at Ice Park in Colorado. Based on the success of the popularity of ‘speed ice,’ Anger is beginning to consider competing in the 2026 Olympics.



    Date Taken: 12.03.2019
    Date Posted: 12.03.2019 15:42
    Story ID: 354099
    Location: COLCHESTER, VT, US 

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