Bryan Hyun Ko

Name

Bryan Hyun Ko

Age

22

Location

NJ/NY

Occupation

Procurement Consultant

Own Words

I'm Bryan...known to most as "B-Ko"

I'm a small-town boy from Lancaster, PA - yes there are Asians in the Amish pastures - trying to survive and maybe make it big one day in the city (I hope). Having just graduated from UPenn in May, I'm now a consultant by trade & climber by choice. I doubt most know what Procurement Consulting is (didn't understand until week 2 on the job), so I'll talk about the latter instead.

Climbing is what really drives me and gets me out of bed each day and it's my hobby, sport, passion/borderline-obsession. Whether it's the indoor gym, the Colorado Rockies or the occasional building, this aspect of my life has really come to define me and my experiences.

It's a great workout, the climber community is amazing and the places it takes me to are always fresh and interesting.

More importantly, there's something about finding that one route or problem that you devote your entire heart, mind and being to...when you have the "oh @$#@# !" moment knowing you're one mistake away from a bone-crunching fall...when you look at your blistered & bloody hands after the 104th failure only to pick yourself up and go at it again...

...when it all comes down to paying a whole lot of pain for a very unlikely chance to conquer one of mother nature's wonders...only to set your sights on the next unreachable peak.

To me these moments are inspiring, unforgettable but most importantly...beautiful. Weird I know and yes a very masochistic beauty at that but there's nothing like it out there.

Despite the pain, injuries and frayed emotions this passion/addiction of mine has caused, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

PS
Oops, I don't think I mentioned the word "Korean" once in this rant...so here it goes...my friends (both F.O.B. & Kyo-Po) think I'm the most non-Korean-Korean out there. Even after doing the whole KSA-thing and organizing KASCON23 in college I still get no love - sigh -

Guess I'm just a want to be Korean American ^,^

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