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Jan Strifling

Title: Adjunct Professor
Department: Physical Activities Program
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Jan Strifling


Jan’s climbing experience spans 35 years. He has climbed extensively in the Southeast at Looking Glass, Pisgah Forest, NC, Table Rock, NC, Linville Gorge NC, Rumbling Bald at Lake Lure NC, and Crowder’s Mountain, NC. He has climbed at the New River Gorge, Fayetteville W.Va. and Red River Gorge, Kentucky. He has also climbed at Seneca Rocks, W.Va.

He has also climbed in the West including Little Cottonwood Canyon Salt Lake City Utah, in the Tetons, Jackson Hole Wyoming, and The Wind River Range, near Lander, Wyoming, as well as the Sierras in California. Jan has climbed extensively outside of the United States as well. He has climbed in Mexico in boulder field and walls near Guadalajara.

In addition to these, he made an ascent of the dormant volcano, Nevado de Colima (4330 meters) in the Mexican States of Colima and Jalisco. While climbing Nevado de Colima, he witnessed an eruption of the adjoining volcano (5 miles away) Vulcan de Fuego de Colima. Jan has made many climbs in Europe. Jan has climbed in England on the sea cliffs in Cornwall. He has climbed in Scotland both on sea cliffs and walls near Applecross.

He has climbed on the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland on the Cuillin Ridge and in other areas of the island.

Jan has also climbed in the Chamonix Valley in France, climbing numerous walls near Argentiere and made a number of ascents in the Aiguilles Rouges.

Jan has climbed in Italy in the Dolomites near the Italian Austrian border. This area was the scene of World War I battles and many of the climbs were on or near mountain battle fields which still bear the scars of war.

He has been an instructor and now Adjunct Professor in Rock climbing at the University of South Carolina for approximately 30 years and has occasionally provided private guide services.


B.A., South Carolina
J.D., South Carolina 


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