Jesse Grupper

Human performance is at the center of everything I do. From climbing problems to engineering challenges, it's never a question of achievement, but a way to explore the limits of potential. Only in that state, can I find my true joy.

About >

Jesse Grupper is one of the friendliest and most respected climbers in the world today.  Growing up in Montclair,  NJ, Jesse began climbing at age six and competing at age nine. Now based out of Salt Lake City, UT, he has earned five IFSC Lead World Cup medals, including two gold medals. Since 2016, Jesse has been suffering from ulcerative colitis, and was hospitalized for the condition for a week in 2021. The following year, he earned 3rd place for the overall 2022 IFSC Lead World Cup season. All of the above, while earning a mechanical engineering degree from Tufts University and working with the Harvard Biodesign Lab. In 2023, Jesse qualified for the Paris Olympics by winning the Pan American Championships, and will compete in the combined boulder and lead event this Summer.

Outside of the world's of competition climbing and mechanical engineering, Jesse is also known for his quick ascents of some of the hardest outdoor sport routes in America. Having sent multiple 9a+/5.15a routes, flashing multiple 8c+/5.14c's, and sending multiple V14 boulders outdoors, Jesse has one of the most well rounded skill sets in climbing today.

Interests >

Climbing, Mechanical Engineering, Climate Change

Status >

Qualified Paris Olympian for Team USA in Climbing, USAC Board Member, POW Member, Mountains Beyond Boarders Member

Sport >


Highlights >


  • 2023 1st Place Pan American Games + Olympic Qualification
  • 2022 5 World Cup Medals + 3rd Overall in Lead
  • 2022 Briancon World Cup Gold
  • 2022 Edinburgh World Cup Gold


  • Flash, Pure Imagination (14c), RRG
  • Flash, Livin Astro (14c), Rumney
  • Jaws II (15a), Rumney
  • Full Metal Brisket (15a), NRG
  • Several V14s (Book Club, Rocklands; Wheel of Wolvo, Lincoln Lake)

Partners >

Mountain Hardwear, Trango, Sterling, Rhino Skin

Media >