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Kevin Price jokingly calls himself "the simple surgeon". While for most of us, there's nothing simple about critical care surgery, Kevin's inspiration to climb is something we all can relate to.

Kevin and his two sons first stumbled into Salt Pump three years ago. "My kids and I enjoyed enjoyed the welcoming vibe," he says. "A day of climbing was a solid plan, or back-up plan, for a great day with the kids - no matter the weather."

Pretty soon, as he puts it, "the hook was set deep".

1. Where is “home”?

Home will always be somewhere in Southern Maine.  I was born in Kittery and have lived in Saco, Sidney, and am now temporarily based in Albany, NY.  As soon as my fellowship in Surgical Critical Care is over in June of 2021 I will most def be right back.  Scarborough looks good : )

2. What’s the best thing about living in Maine?

Surfing, climbing, and Salt Pump!

3. What’s the worst thing about living in Maine?

Summer traffic 🙁

4. How long have you been climbing for?

3 to 4 years.

5. What makes climbing unique and/or different from other forms of physical activity?

The positivity and connectedness of gracious people.  Climbers are people who experience a serial juxtaposition of humility and frustration; combined with joy and triumph; both on a regular basis.  Never have I seen a clan so willing to encourage others through the projects, and so eager to rejoice with you after the send.  It's hard to put into words but I know you know 🙂

6. What is your biggest climbing goal for the next year?

For me, stay healthy, avoid injuries, lead climb more, get outside on some multi-pitch!

7. What is your biggest non-climbing goal for the next year?

Spend more time with my kids, pass my boards in Surgical Critical Care, and buy a van.

8. If you were completely immobilized in a hospital bed for a year, what hobby would you do?

Finger exercises and hand PT in preparation for climbing!!!

9. What’s the hardest you’ve tried recently?

Working in a level 1 ICU for 24 hours at a time and treating every human I see like they are my sister or brother.

10. What’s the hardest you’ve laughed recently?

I can't say the specifics but we as a species are capable of some really wacky antics that land you in the ICU.  Stuff you can't make up like using a bic lighter to check the fuel level in the portable generator....now, I just made that up, that is not a privacy violation...my apologies to anyone who may have actually used a bic lighter to check the level of a gas tank.

11. Who inspires you to try hard? 

Jess & Alison!

12. What’s your greatest strength?

Faith and Love.

13. What’s your biggest weakness?

Ribs and hummus.

14. Why do you climb?

Climbing, for me, is an amalgam of joy, humility, and kinship.  Thank you for the chance to share, I miss you all!  See you soon!

- A Day at the Crag with the Prices -