#LoftyIdeals: Jack Reed ’22

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

When it comes to climbing, the limits for Jack Reed ’22 are, well, limitless. Reed, a new postgraduate student on campus, has already made significant contributions to Mercersburg Outdoor Education. After learning about Mercersburg’s support of MOE and its resources, Reed was motivated to head north and join MOE’s outdoor climbing program; he had already been climbing competitively indoors with Sportrock Climbing Center in his native Northern Virginia.

“MOE is one of the best PGAs on campus,” says Reed, who was inspired to pursue a postgraduate year in part due to the positive experience his father, John ’85, had as a postgrad at Deerfield Academy. His decision has been Mercersburg’s (and MOE’s) gain; Reed has clearly enjoyed what he calls the inclusivity of Mercersburg’s after-school activities, and was pleasantly surprised with MOE’s emphasis on teaching skills that accommodate a variety of climbers, who may be skilled or brand-new to the sport. 

Reed has already taken more than a half-dozen off-campus climbing trips with MOE and lists the New River Gorge in West Virginia (a regular MOE destination) as his favorite place to climb. He spent the winter season involved with MOE’s Ski Mountaineering program. Reed hopes to lead climbing trips in college and is interested in a career in the field of climbing photography.

—Melody Howe ’22